By Gary Norris Gray, Columnist, and Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – Chief BASN NEWSROOM




OAKLAND, CA (www.basnnewsroom.com) Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram and Mr. Gray aka “The MIG Line” take the ice one more time with the rest of the Western Conference. We will take you through the 2017-18 season with our news and views from Centre Ice to center stage…


The following teams will muck and grind for the Western Conference title this spring of ’18. There is not a dominate team in the west but the conference is a much stronger as a whole than the East where the Pittsburgh Penguins rule and have won the Cup the last two years.


Before we start in the west we must address the racial/political issue of sports protest. The Tampa Bay Lightning forward T. J. Brown continues his silent protest on Sunday October 15. Brown raised his fist as the American anthem was played with head bowed. Brown had received death threats for his actions.. Brown stated he wanted to do something in support of his fellow football players.


The political, racial, and social nonsense continues in the United States. What the owners are saying to their African American/Black players in all sports “Just shut up and play, I’m paying you. The fans are complaining/whining that they do not want politics in their game. That horse left the barn in 1936 in Berlin, Germany at the Summer Games. Ever hear of Jessie Owens? Americans wanted politics in sports then, Right? So why is it different now?

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Many things have happened to this club and it’s not even the end of October yet. The Golden Knights were the emotional rock for the city of Las Vegas after the mass shooting incident on October 1.


The Golden Knights are now Vegas Strong and won the opening home game with gritty play and strong defense against the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. The Knights paid tribute to the cities first responders and then went out and rewarded their fan base with a victory. The surprise is that they keep on winning.


Veteran goalie Marc Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots and Tomas Nosek started the party two and half minutes into the game with a score with an assist from Goal Brother Pierre Edouard Bellemare.  Deryk Engelland hometown hero scored the second goal and the party was on.


Fleury went down with a injury and Goal Brother Malcolm Subban stepped in and took over in net and beat his former team the Boston Bruins 3-1 and defeating the Buffalo Sabers 5-4 in overtime.

Malcolm Subban

The question can they keep this up all year long. They have already passed the records of expansion teams winning percentage the first month with a 5-0-1 record.


Yes, the Golden Knights are Vegas Strong




The team that moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota to Dallas Texas in 1994 are still trying to find a permanent home. They are currently in the Central Division after being in the Pacific Division for many years. The league wanted to cut down on traveling time and many west coast teams complained that they did not like going to Texas during the playoffs season.


The Twin cities now belong to the Minnesota Wild.


The Stars now have two veteran goalies in Ben Bishop and Kari Lehtonen and the question is who will be number one in the nets or are they going to use the two headed monster. Right now Ben Bishop will make his fourth straight start with 2-1-0 record.


Goal Brother center Gemel Smith should spark the Stars offense if he can get in the lineup. The 5’10” 190 pounder will make the Stars a threat up the middle but Smith has been a healthy scratch the past six games.


Center Jason Spezza will have to carry the men in green this year, too much for one player.


Do not expect this team to go above 500. Not enough offense to beat the classy teams of the Western conference.




Still wondering how they acquired Jonathan Bernier from the Anaheim Ducks? The veteran goalie will help Semyon Varlamov get the needed rest. This should help Colorado but they need better defensemen. Not impressed with Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Barrie helping their goaltender. They need a P.K. Subban clone to make the playoffs this year.


Center Tyson Jost is the future for the Colorado Avalanche but he has to have help from right wing-Colin Wilson and left wing-Carl Soderberg




Older fans are still questioning the placement of this team in the Southwest in 1996-97. This team over-used the home team “white out” in critical games driving the opposition crazy with the white ice, white jersey, and crowd wearing white clothes made it tough to play in Phoenix. It finally induced the league to finally change the rules. Home teams now wear their colorful uniforms at home and the white uniform on the road.


After the first few weeks of this season they look worst than they did last year Goalie Antti Raanta is currently on the disabled list forcing the young Adin Hill to start in net.


The Derek Stepan, Max Domi, and Clayton Keller line is going backwards with -15 rating and only 12 points.. That will not get it done for Coyotes.


Center Brad Richardson also has to show up on the ice


Goal Brother forward Anthony Duclair signed a 1 year free agent contract after a good year in the desert last year with 20 goals and 20 assist. Still upset the New York Rangers let him go two years ago, the Blueshirts are now paying for it being in last place in the Metropolitan Division.




The Vancouver Canucks could be looking at the Pacific Division basement as their defense continues to crumble.


They have two unknown goaltenders Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson that will be thrown into the fire in 2017-18.


The Sedin Brothers (Henrik and Daniel) are one year older, a bit slower, and another year wiser but opponent’s forwards are flying by them to score.


Left wing Derek Dorsett passed his 500 career game and right wing Thomas Vanek passed his 700 point another Sutter, Brandon became the sixth member of the family to reach 600 games. In other words this team is old and may need to start rebuilding for the next decade.


Do not expect this team to reach 500 too many problems.


Right wing Markus Granlund and left winger Loui Eriksson are the bright new stars for Vancouver.




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By Gary Norris Gray, Columnist and Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – ChiefBASN Newsroom


OAKLAND, CA. (http://www.basnnewsroom.com): Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Gray, “The MIG Line” takes the ice again with the rest of the eastern conference. We will take you through the 2017-18 season with our hockey insights.


The following teams in the Eastern Conference will struggle to make the playoffs in the spring of 2018. Just like the weak Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The current power teams in the NHL are in the west. The Pittsburgh Penguins like the Cleveland Cavaliers rule the eastern conference and will most likely should repeat this year.



The New Jersey Devils were at the bottom of the division at the end of the 2016-17 season. They have nowhere else to go but up. They started this season on the right foot winning their first three games against Buffalo, Colorado, and Toronto reversing the New Jersey tradition of starting slow.


The new motto for 2017 is Red Dawn Raising… we shall see.


Goaltender Cory Schneider will not be looking over his shoulder worrying about the ghost of goalies past, Hall of Fame New Jersey Goaltender Martin Brodeur, number 30 retired in the 2015 season wearing a St. Louis Blues uniform.


The Devils have also put aside the left wing lock defense system and have moved forward with a straight defense.


Left wing Brian Gibbons maybe finally finding his way around the Newark ice rink, scoring his first goal of the year against Maple Leafs.


New Jersey may be hurting currently at right wing with Drew Stafford and Kyle Palmieri out of the line up with a low body injury at the beginning of the season.

The administration committed to not signing veteran rental players to fill the void this year. So the Devils are going to have to do it on their own with their own players.

Get that shuttle bus to Binghamton (AHL) warmed up.

Looking for right wing Jimmy Hayes, center Adam Henrique, and Taylor Hall to step up their game in 2017.  Centers Pavel Zacha and Nico Hischier have not scored yet but if Jersey is going to move they have to put the bisket in the basket.

The Devils goal this year should be making a wild card spot.



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The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a do or die year. This coach is on the hot seat if they don’t reach the quarter finals. We could be seeing a head coaching change early if Jackets get off to a slow start. Last year they made the playoffs and are expected to be better this year. Goal Brother defenseman Seth Jones started the season with two goals and he has resigned with the Jackets for six years. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will have to carry the load in net this year with young Joonas Korpisalo as a backup.

New Jack City will have to find a scoring line to stay in the playoffs left wing Pierre Luc Dubois-center Brandon Dudinsky and right wing Cam Atkinson could be that line.

There is work to do in Columbus, Ohio.



The Carolina Hurricanes are once again in the rebuilding mood. Goaltender Cam Ward finally now has a viable backup with veteran Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks. Carolina must find defensemen to protect them.

The Hurricanes scoring power is up middle with their centers Jordan Staal, Victor Rask, and Derek Ryan.

Not looking for much out of this team this year.


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The Big Red Machine has struggled the past four years but it seems like they are currently moving in the right direction.

 The Detroit Red Wings organization could be finally putting together a new team. This team missed the playoffs again last year but the team effort is beginning to show benefits, with scrappy rookie right winger Martin Frk and defenseman Nick Jensen.

Veterans  center Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Travor Daley will be leaned on hard because of their experience.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard might be at the end of the road. Howard has seen the good, bad, and ugly in Detroit. He needs a solid backup and Petr Mrazek is not the one.



If you are a Sens fan it could be frustrating because they have so much potential and continue to stumble in the first round of playoffs. Defenseman Goal Brother David Johnny Oduya wants to end his career a Stanley Cup run. Can he do it north of the boarder? At least Oduya is wearing the right colors red, black, and white .

Mr. Anderson, the Matrix Man has aged,  Goalie Craig Anderson finally will get help with veteran Mike Condon from Pittsburgh Penguins in net. Anderson missed games the past two years due to family matters and injuries, the Sens hope he can complete this season. Condon scored 5 shutouts last season and should help Ottawa and Anderson.


Love rookie center Colin White from Boston, Massachusetts and another Boston College Eagle graduate star scoring 35 goals and 41 assist at B.C.



The Florida Panthers may have changed their logo but it’s the same old team. The past five years this team has not made improvements or the playoffs. It seems like they are in a block of ice and can’t get out. Maybe it’s the warm weather and the scenery at the beach distracted this team.

The 1993-94 entry had to wait until the 1996 playoffs season to make Miami notice. The Panthers won their first playoffs, upsetting the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In the Finals the Colorado Avalanche stopped the Panther train in four games ending the surprising ride.

The league also had to pass new rules in regards to fans throwing objects on the ice. In the home opener of the 95-96 season a rat flew across the locker room floor Scott Mellanby one time the rat against the wall, killing it. That night Mellanby scored two goals and goalie John Vanbiesbrouck yelled “rat trick” it grew from there. Panther fans started throwing rubber rats on the ice after a player scored a goal.

It got out of hand the next year when Florida fans bombed opposing goalies with hundreds of rubber rats. The league would assist a penalty if fans continued.

Veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo may have found a home in South Beach after stints in Long Island, New York and Vancouver, B.C. This is his fourth year in South Beach and it might be his best. He has become the elder statesmen and it might be time for the Panthers to seek a new man in net.

This team is in trouble when they are depending on right wing- Radim Vrbata and Jared McCann, center Vincent Trocheck and left wing Jamie McGinn.

The Panthers still need a sniper to jump start their offense.



The Hub fan base could be crying all year. The Boston Bruins might be on the outside looking in April.

The bigger stronger Ottawa Senators put them out of the playoffs last year 4 games to 2 in the first round. The Sens pounded the boards the whole series and the Bruins had no answer.

Boston goaltender- Tuukksa Rask will not have decent backup this year and this might cost them at the end of the season. Last year the Bruins offense went through scoring woes in the middle of the year and it cost them against the Senators they have not fixed that problem.

Boston depends on big defensemen Zdeno Chara, right wing Ryan White, center Riley Nash and left wing Brad Marchand.

The Black and Gold might not make the playoffs this year if they don’t find a scorer and a player to replace defenseman Zdeno Chara. Could that be young centers David Krejci and Riley Nash the new leaders of the baby bears. Cannot forget Center Patrice Bergeron who gets under opponents skin with his gritty place on the ice.


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Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Newsroom Staff Reporter

These are the following nine reason African Americans are still slaves in the United States, yet some people say ALL LIVES MATTER. If that were true, everybody would be working to change the criminal justice system. This justice system only reinforces institutional racism: propping up white supremacy.

Black people are imprisoned in exceptionally high numbers.

 People should be asking how 12.5 percent of America’s population can be 54 percent of America’s prison population. That is 2.3 million BLACK people.

The numbers exploded during President Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs but what the American media will never tell you, is how those drugs came into America.

NOW THINK REALLY HARD. How many African Americans owned a boat or a plane in 1970’s?

Black people are more likely to be arrested for nonviolent offenses.

Question, how many white individuals get arrested for Jay-walking, DWB, Driving While Black, selling loose cigarettes on the streets, or walking in the middle of the street? Black people are 3.2% more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white peers, even though blacks and whites use the drug at similar rates.

The wheel of justice turns very fast for Blacks but slowly for whites when it comes to penalties for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine. African Americans receive a five year sentence for crack cocaine while suburban Caucasians get five months or less for powder cocaine. This is the American justice system.   

New Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions appears to be seeking a return to higher incarceration rates. Will this really MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

Black people are more likely to be sentenced to death for crimes against white people.

White citizens who kill Black people receive lesser sentences at trial (life in prison) than when African Americans take a white life (death row).

The death penalty was reinstated in 1976: 80% of people who have been executed have been put to death for crimes against white people. Again, the news media will never inform the American public about this fact.  Blacks and whites are likely to be murder victims at roughly equal rates.

Black people are less likely to be judged by a jury of their peers in criminal trials.

All- white-juries are commonplace in the American court system, but it is rarely seen an all-Black-jury at a criminal trial. Is this equality under the law for African Americans? The law states you shall be judged by your peers. African Americans never get this opportunity. Government studies have found that racism is common in jury selection.

Black children are more likely to be disciplined in school than their white peers.

African American children are sometimes physically assaulted and are assessed harsher punishment by school authorities when that child breaks any rule.

Black children are suspended and expelled from school twice as much as their white counterparts for the same offense.

This begins the school-to-prison pipeline which starts at preschool. The path to incarceration begins.


Each day, 500,000 people fill America’s jails awaiting trial because they are too poor to afford bail.

 Americans technically are innocent until proven guilty, but if you are poor that can be a problem, because they are sent to jail until their trial date because they do not have the funds for bail. The Vera Institute found that 50% of people awaiting trial couldn’t afford bail of $2,500 or less.

Even Black men who do not have criminal records are less likely to be hired for jobs than white men who’ve been convicted of felonies.

Discrimination runs rampant in the job market. NBC News reported in 2015 that if the applicant had an African sounding name he/she did not get a second interview but white individuals with European names received phone calls after the first interview. This was also true with apartment hunting in major cities.

Key findings include:

  • Both Black and Hispanic men were less likely to receive a positive response from employers—including a call back or email for an interview or a job offer—compared with white men.
  • Men with criminal records were more likely than women with criminal records to receive a negative response from employers.
  • White men with a criminal record had more positive responses than Black men with no criminal record.

Black Disabled Americans are literally the last hired and the first fired.

The Disabled Revolution of the 1970s favored most white disabled community and left African American disabled folk behind. Many leaders of the movement stated that they modeled their revolution after the Civil Rights Movement, but they forgot one thing: BLACK PEOPLE. America’s Black disabled had to play the game of catching up in the 1980s. African American disabled women fared much better then disabled Black males.

Mental health assistance is not as available in the African American communities as it is in the white communities.

The recent murder on Easter Sunday of 75-year-old Mr. Robert Godwin in Cleveland by a distraught African American, Steve Stevens and who later suicide in Erie, Pennsylvania just magnifies this problem of mental health in the Black communities.



In World War I and World War II, African-Americans were sent overseas to defend our nation. They all went there, abled and willing to fight against fascism.

These young men were fighting for freedom in a foreign land and when they came home to America they did not have that same freedom. Under the Red, White, and Blue these veterans returned to be second class citizens AGAIN…

Shannon Sharp explains why Colin Kaepernick is protesting, kneeling for the National Anthem.

Mr. Sharp makes it clear why Kaepernick is taking that knee.

Mr. Sharp states, Some Americans insist that Black Lives Don’t Matter but All Lives Do…Now think about these Black men who go to Germany to fight for people who they have nothing in common with and gain their freedom, only to return home and sit in the back of the bus for 15 more years. DOES THIS MATTER?

Black men are being killed, beat up, shot, and arrested for noncompliance, when white criminals who stab, kill, and rape get tased, pepper sprayed, and handcuffed. In other words they live to tell the story. DOES THIS MATTER?

Another young white male travels miles and miles then walks into a church in South Carolina and joins their prayer group. He stands up and shots nine members to death, premeditated. The arresting officers take this young man to Burger King because he is hungry…BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER…

Noncompliance to a Black man is a death sentence.

Mr. Sharp continues: If I don’t tell you my Religion, If I don’t tell you my political affiliation, If I don’t tell you my mom’s name, The one thing that I’ve been for 48 years is Black and that’s what America sees.

Americans don’t see my religion, they don’t see my orientation, they don’t grasp my political affiliation, but they see the Black skin.

This is what upsets many African Americans: the double standard that permeates the country.

In 2008 President Barack Obama tried to invite the United States into a bi-racial community, a multi-racial family.  It did not happen and President Donald J. Trump is currently pushing in the opposite direction, creating a clear racial division among Americans. The forces of white supremacy would not let President Obama succeed.

Slavery is still here under a new name, and new political, social, and economic face. This country lacks a moral compass when it comes to the issue of race.

This is a sad commentary on the United States of America.

Special Thanks to Jamilah King-Sr. Editor of MicDaily

The Justice Center-The Council of State Governments

Arizona State University

Shannon Sharp

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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Gary Norris Gray- BASN NEWSROOM- Staff Reporter

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OAKLAND, CA – African Americans have come a very long way in the National Basketball Association. In 1950, the first wave, Charles Henry Cooper-Boston Celtics, Nat “Sweetwater Clifton-New York Knicks, and Earl Lloyd-Washington Capitols, arrived. Lloyd became the first African American player to win a NBA Championship and the first to be an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons in 1968 and the second Black head coach in the league.


The past three years the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have dominated the NBA landscape with the Dubs – Golden State beating the Cavs two of the last three championship series. Head Coach Tyronn Lue won the NBA title two years ago breaking the Black coaching drought of seven years.   

 African Americans were banned from the game until 1950.


All-Star, and Hall of Fame, Center, Bill Russell the first African American head coach to win a championship. He took over the Boston Celtics in November of 1966, as a player-coach. Russell guided the Boston Celtic to another championship in 1968-1969.  Russell retired in Seattle with the SuperSonics in 1988.


These fine gentlemen have won championships as head coaches: Bill Russell-Boston Celtics (1968, 1969), Al Attles-Golden State Warriors (1975), Lenny Wilkens-Seattle SuperSonics (1979), and K.C. Jones-Boston Celtics (1984, 1986), Doc Rivers-Boston Celtics (2008), now we can add Ty Lue- Cleveland Cavaliers (2016) to the list.


Note there are currently NINE Black head coaches as we begin the 2017 season in a league that is dominated by Black players.This year two young coaches will also direct their teams into their second season. DAVID FIZDALE- Memphis Grizzlies and EARL WATSON- Phoenix Suns will try to get their struggling teams to the playoffs. One veteran coach Nate McMillan will travel from the west coast to the east, from the Portland Trailblazers to the Indiana Pacers trying to mold the blue and gold into the flyboys on the court of Indiana.

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Questions still remain with Mike Brown assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors guiding the team to an undefeated playoff record while head coach Steve Kerr rested in Oakland with his back injury in 2017. Mark Jackson is currently working in the broadcast booth in 2017, and Mike Woodson, is currently an assistant coach with the struggling Los Angeles Clippers. Will these three men get another chance to take a team to the playoffs and a NBA Championship?


* Coached part of that season

CAPS- New Coaches

Head Coaches Coach   Team    Years


  1. Al Attles-S.F./Golden State Warriors 1969-70* to 1982-83
  2. Randy Ayers-Philadelphia 76ers 2003-04*
  3. Elgin Baylor-New Orleans Jazz 1974-75; 1976-77 to 1978-79
  4. Butch Beard-New Jersey Nets 1994-1996
  5. Bernie Bickerstaff-Seattle SuperSonics 1985-1990, Denver Nuggets 1994-1997, Washington Wizards 1996-97, to 1998-99, Charlotte Bobcats 2004-2010 Los Angeles Lakers  2012*
  6. Mike Brown-Cleveland Cavaliers 2005-2010 Los Angeles Lakers 2010-2012* Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014
  7. Quinn Buckner-Dallas Mavericks 1993-94
  8. Mack Calvin-Los Angeles Clippers 1991-92*
  9. M. L. Carr-Boston Celtics 1995-1997
  10. Butch Carter-Toronto Raptors 1997-98* to 1999-2000


  1. Fred Carter-Philadelphia 76ers-1992-93* to 1993-94
  2. Bill Cartwright-Chicago Bulls 2001-02* to 2003-04*
  3. Dwayne Casey-Minnesota Timberwolves 2005-06 to 2006-07*, Toronto Raptors 2011- PRESENT
  4. Don Chaney-Los Angeles Clippers 1984-85* to 1986-87, Houston Rockets 1988-89 to 1991-92, Detroit Pistons 1993-94 to 1994-95, New York Knicks 2001-02* to *2003-04
  1. Maurice Cheeks-Portland Trail Blazers 2001-02 to *2004-05, Philadelphia 76ers 2005-2008, Detroit Pistons 2013-2014
  2. Jim Cleamons-Dallas Mavericks 1996-97 to 1997-98
  3. Michael Cooper-Denver Nuggets 2004-05*
  4. Tyron Corbin-Utah Jazz- 2011- 2014, Sacramento Kings 2015,
  5. Mel Daniels-Indiana Pacers 1988-89*
  6. Johnny Davis-Philadelphia 76ers 1996-97, Orlando Magic 2003-04* to 2004-05*


  1. Larry Drew-Atlanta Hawks 2010- 2013, Milwaukee Bucks 2013
  2. Mike Evans-Denver Nuggets 2001-02*
  3.  Derrick Fisher– New York Knicks 2014-2016
  4. Alvin Gentry-Miami Heat 1994-95* Detroit Pistons 1997-98 to 1999-2000* Los Angeles Clippers 2000-01 to 2002-03* Phoenix Suns 2008- 2013, New Orleans Pelicans 2015-PRESENT
  5. DAVID FIZDALE- Memphis Grizzlies-2016-PRESENT
  6. Leonard Hamilton-Washington Wizards 2000-01
  7. Gar Heard-Dallas Mavericks 1992-93* Washington Wizards 1999-2000*
  8. Lionel Hollins-Vancouver Grizzlies 1999-2000*, Memphis Grizzlies 2009-2013, Brooklyn Nets 2014-2016
  9. Bob Hopkins-Seattle SuperSonics 1977-78
  10. Melvin Hunt– Denver Nuggets- 2015*

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  1. Mark Jackson – Golden State Warriors 2011-2014
  2. Stu Jackson-New York Knicks 1989-90 to 1990-91 Vancouver Grizzlies 1996-97*
  3. Avery Johnson-Dallas Mavericks 2004-05*-2008 New Jersey-Brooklyn Nets 2010-2013
  4. Dennis Johnson-Los Angeles Clippers 2002-03*
  5. Frank Johnson-Phoenix Suns 2001-02* to 2003-04*
  6. Magic Johnson-Los Angeles Lakers 1993-94*
  7. K. C. Jones-Capital/Washington Bullets 1973-74, to 1975-76, Boston Celtics 1983-84 to 1987-88, Seattle SuperSonics 1990-91 to 1991-92
  8. Eddie Jordan-Sacramento Kings 1996-97* to 1997-98, Washington Wizards 2003-2008, Philadelphia 76ers 2009-2010
  9. Jason Kidd-Brooklyn Nets 2013-2014, Milwaukee Bucks 2014-PRESENT
  10. Bob Lanier-Golden State Warriors 1994-95*


  1. Gene Littles-Cleveland Cavaliers 1985-86*, Charlotte Hornets 1989-90* to 1990-91, Denver Nuggets 1994-95*
  2. Earl Lloyd-Detroit Pistons 1971-72* to 1972-73
  3. Sidney Lowe-Minnesota Timberwolves 1992-93* to 1993-94,Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies 2000-01 to 2002-03
  4. Tyronn Lue- Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-PRESENT
  5. John Lucas-San Antonio Spurs 1992-93* to 1993-94, Philadelphia 76ers 1994-95 to 1995-96, Cleveland Cavaliers 2001-02 to 2002-03*
  6. Nate McMillan-Seattle SuperSonics 2000-01* to 2004-05, Portland Trailblazers 2005-2012, Indiana Pacers 2016-PRESENT
  7. Sam Mitchell-Toronto Raptors 2004-2008,
  8. Pete Myers-Chicago Bulls 2003-04*
  9. Kenny Nat-Sacramento Kings 2008-2009
  10. Terry Porter-Milwaukee Bucks 2003-04


  1. Willis Reed-New York Knicks 1977-78 to 1978-79, New Jersey Nets 1987-88* to 1988-89
  2. Doc Rivers-Orlando Magic 1999-2000 to 2003-04*, Boston Celtics 2004-05 – 2013, Los Angeles Clippers 2013-PRESENT
  3. Bill Russell-Boston Celtics 1966-67 to 1968-69, Seattle SuperSonics 1973-74 to 1976-77, Sacramento Kings 1987-88
  4. Tom Sanders-Boston Celtics 1977-78* to 1978-79
  5. Byron Scott-New Jersey Nets 2000-2004*, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets2004-2009, Cleveland Cavaliers 2009- 2013, Los Angeles Lakers 2014-2015
  6. Ray Scott-Detroit Pistons 1972-73* to 1975-76
  7. Brian Shaw-Denver Nuggets- 2013- 2015
  8. Paul Silas-San Diego Clippers 1980-81 to 1982-83, Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets 1998-99* to 2002-03, Cleveland Cavaliers 2003-04 to 2004-05*, Charlotte Bobcats 2010-2012
  9. Keith Smart-Cleveland Cavaliers 2002-03*, Golden State Warriors 2010-2011, Sacramento Kings 2012- 2013
  10. Isiah Thomas-Indiana Pacers 2000-01 to 2002-03, New York Knicks 2006-2008


  1. Reggie Theus-Sacramento Kings 2007-2008
  2. Wes Unseld-Washington Bullets 1987-88* to 1993-94
  3. Jacques Vaughan-Orlando Magic 2012- 2015
  4. Sam Vincent-Charlotte Bobcats 2007-2008
  5. Darrell Walker-Toronto Raptors 1996-97 to 1997-98, Washington Wizards 1999-2000*
  6. EARL WATSON- Phoenix Suns 2016- PRESENT



  1. Lenny Wilkens-Seattle SuperSonics 1969-70 to 1971-72, Portland Trail Blazers 1974-75 to 1975-76, Seattle SuperSonics 1977-78* to 1984-85, Cleveland Cavaliers 1986-87 to 1992-93, Atlanta Hawks 1993-94 to 1999-2000, Toronto Raptors 2000-01 to 2002-03
  2. Monty Williams-New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans 2010- 2015
  3. Herb Williams-New York Knicks 2003-04*; 2004-05*
  4. Mike Woodson-Atlanta Hawks 2004-2010, New York Knicks 2010-2014
  5. Draff Young-Kansas City/Omaha Kings 1973-74*

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod







The last week of August I visited a fast food store in Berkeley, California the so called MECCA of the disabled world. My stomach was talking and needed something to feast on. My ears got a very rude awaking.

A very disturbing trend is sweeping this great nation and this lead is coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The marginalization of Disabled Americans AGAIN!!!! When ordering food the waitress did not make a good faith effort to understand what was being said because she was in a rush, until the Gray voice was raised with unhappiness, repeating the order three times. This should not be happening in Berkeley because of its disabled population.

One of my heroes Johnnie Lacy explained it clearly

Johnnie Lacy (1937-2010) was a leader in the independent living movement and fought for the rights of people with disabilities, especially people of color. She led Community Resources for Independent Living, a nonprofit in Hayward providing services and advocacy. Lacy spoke of being excluded from the Black community due to her disability and from the disability community due to being a person of color. As a Black woman in a wheelchair, she educated her communities about race and disability and served as a role model for many other Black disabled women.

Lacy explains the separation of the Black community with their Black disabled residents and then had to deal with the racism of the disabled community. Black disabled men and women were and still are the outcast of American society. These courageous men and women have to overcome so many obstacles just to survive and are often rejected not only by American society but the disabled community as well, which is shameful.

Following all of the Cerebral Palsy speaking protocols taught to us as a child, 1) speak slowly 2)speak clearly 3) speak loudly 4)look into the person’s eyes. That did not help at all; the young woman either refused to understand or could not understand what was being said.

This is what a person with speech disabilities went through in the mid-sixties, we are returning to this horrible era with the help and leadership of Agent Orange in Washington. The political, social, and economic, attack on The Disabled American community is returning with full force.

This has been brewing for the last few years; examples: a disabled young woman in South Carolina was brutalized by a white male in authority (school officer) in a classroom. The young lady refused to give up her cell phone in class or leave the room. The teacher called in the school’s security officer for assistance. Was the student wrong, maybe, but what gives that officer the right to lift her out of her chair and slam her to the floor, then throw her across the room like a rag doll. Yes, she was Black.

Four African American disabled men in their wheelchairs were shot and killed by police officers in four different cities and four different dates, last year but the mainstream media basically ignored these events. Question, what did they do? and were they potential threats to these police officers?

My Oakland, California wheelchair bound drug dealing (look-alike) doppelganger has put me in stressful situations with the Oakland Police Department on many occasions, questioning me and requesting identification. One wrong move by me or the police could have resulted in another tragedy

Just a few months ago a San Francisco police officer pushed a disabled man into the streets with his motorized wheelchair because he accidently (allegedly) ran over the officers foot. The officer left the man in the street with his body hanging out of his wheelchair, with his seatbelt saving him from hitting the pavement. Bystanders watching the incident finally picked him up after a few moments.

Incidents like these have been on the increase in the United States and it is troubling. When a group of people are marginalized they become expendable and incidences like these become common place AGAIN!!!.

Many people with Cerebral Palsy understand and deal with this attitude. Cerebral Palsy affects all body motor skills that include speaking, breathing, walking, and eye sight. Our culture has to educate ourselves on the differences and simalaires within our Black community that includes disabled people.

If disabled individuals do not speak up for the Black Disabled community-WHO WILL? If you do not educated the Black Community-WHO WILL?

1.) Most African Americans do not know or understand the world of the disabled and we need to enlighten the United States of America.

2.) The struggles to just survive with Cerebral Palsy with physical, social, and economic difficulties are an ongoing battle.

  1. a) Police often stop people with C.P. and ask have them have you been drinking?
  2. b) Disabled folk with C.P. have to prove repeat to teachers and educators that you are not mentally disabled-basically not stupid. If you are black, male, and disabled there is an 85% chance that child will be placed in a special education class because the school system do not want to deal with the special needs of these children. My educated mother (Hampton Institute) and father (North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University) would not allow this. The Burlington City School system tried a few times and failed to label this disabled child.
  3. c) Then think about this, white people calling Black disabled the N-word because you are Black. Then Disabled people calling Black disabled the N-Word too because people with Cerebral Palsy are in last place on the disabled political totem pole. These individuals drool on themselves, cannot control there muscle movements and cannot or are difficult to understood when speaking. Not pretty enough for the American masses who wanted quadriplegics or Jerry Lewis kids.
  4. d) Literally Black disabled people are the last one hired and the first one fired so when able bodied Black people say they are last, it is not true.
  5. e) Black fathers with disabled children with Cerebral Palsy leave the household eighty five percent of the time, leaving the mother to raise this special needs child. The mother has to do this while creating some kind of equal-ness with this family’s siblings.
  6. f) The Disabled are continued to be cast as A-SEXUAL- being. The disabled are believed to be not interested in love, REALLY- The disabled are not human, RIGHT? Americans still cannot or refuse to visualize disabled Americans having sex or children. This is the doubled standard in the Black disabled community too.

African Americans might want to read about the causes and effects of Cerebral Palsy and how they can help.

Just wanted to get Black America started.

Here are some organizations that may help

United Cerebral Palsy-

United Way-

The National Black Disability Coalition-NBDC

Black/Brown International Disability Art and Hip Hop

Krip – Hop with Leroy Moore

Black, Disabled, and Proud College Students with Disabilities- HBCU Disability Consortium

Sins Invalid- San Francisco, California

Krip Hop Nation- Berkeley, California

POOR Magazine- Oakland, California

Black Lives Matter Organization-

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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Music hip hop artist Cardi B makes it clear.” Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we’re gonna stand for you.”  The movement has grown and has taken a life of its own.

Colin Kaepernick is becoming a bigger thorn for the National Football League with each passing week. Protest went right to their front office door in New York City on August 23. African Americans are openly stating that they will not be watching Sunday afternoon football games this year. The League has a growing problem as more players join Mr. Kaepernick in his quest for racial justice and peace.

What this strong young Black man has done is pull the covers off of hidden American racial and social agenda as it pertains to people of color and African American men in particular. The incident in Charlottesville, Virginia just made it clear America still has a long way to go.

Mr. Kaepernick made writers like me research the words of the National Anthem and the reason Francis Scott Key wrote these words.


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Maybe author Francis Scott Key was trying to tell the country something. Number Seven, Colin Kaepernick just reminded all of us kneeling while the song was being played last year.

Some Americans are gravely offended by athletes protesting our National Anthem but at the same time are more than eager to defend the rights of Right wing, Neo Nazi, and Confederate flag wavers marching down our American streets. This is hypocrisy on the highest political and social level.

Colin Kaepernick is expressing his free speech right, just as right wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos wanting to speak at California State Universities. Kaepernick is discussing police brutality, injustice, and the racial discourse in the United States. I’m still trying to figure out what Mr. Yiannopoulos is talking about.

Mr. Kaepernick is spawning a new national conversation about race, the same conversation that should have been done many years ago. This historic event is more than football, it is more than Colin Kaepernick and the NFL is slow to recognizes this.


Is the NFL the last bastion of slavery? Yes, these players maybe rich but think about this. How many Black owners are there? How many Black General Managers or head coaches? Yet, the league is nearly 70% BLACK on the field. This is the plantation mentality modern style.

There needs to be a national boycott of the National Football League because they refuse to deal with BLACK minds and yet still use those same BLACK bodies to get rich, so please tell me what is the difference between the NFL and slavery other then getting paid? This is what Colin Kaepernick is discussing.

President Obama made a very warm and sincere statement a few months ago about the Colin Kaepernick protest.

“But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he’s doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”

Obama continued, “But I’d rather have young people engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than those who are just sitting on the sidelines.”

This is the difference between President Obama and President Trump. “And you know, your San Francisco quarterback,” Trump said, via TMZ. “I’m sure nobody ever heard of him. I’m just reporting the news.”  “There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he said. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I said, ‘If I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of the Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.’ ”

President Obama supported and defended Number Seven even thou he may not agree with all of Mr. Kaepernick’s agenda while President Trump not only trashed Mr. Kaepernick but made the story about himself.

Many believe Kaepernick remains unsigned because of his political views and actions, but he’s since ended his stance against the anthem. He’s also done work in the community, securing a plane and $1 million in aid for the needy in Somalia

Number seven has also given relief funds for the people of Houston, Texas but we won’t be hearing that from the American Press or number 45 and he still remains unsigned as the National Football League season starts. He has given high school student equipment for the year and he has set up a legal defense (Know Your Rights) project in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Kaepernick has just crossed the road to immortal American history joining the ranks of Rosa Parks, Malcolm, Medger Evers, and Martin.


Send a message to the NFL turn off your television sets on Sunday afternoons, and Monday, and Thursday nights. Turn those sets off until justice is done; turn them off until there are Black owners and more Black general managers.

Use your political and economic power for change because this is what Number Seven, Colin Kaepernick is doing today.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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The ugly American has come forth in the form of Number 45.

Agent Orange is forcing the United States of America to really look at themselves. It is not a pretty picture. America has a health care problem, a tax problem, and a brewing dispute with North Korea, three hurricanes, yet this president went out of his way to attack Black sports stars for kneeling in a silent protest.

A friend of mine wrote:
“1/3rd of America, you are showing your “ugly face”, and the world is watching. When Trump disrespected a war hero, John McCain, you didn’t say he was disrespecting the military, you cheered. When Trump disrespected a fallen soldier, you didn’t say he was disrespecting the military, you cheered. When Trump announced he was banning “certain” service members from the military, you didn’t say he was disrespecting the military, you cheered. But, when black men exercise their 1st Amendment right to peacefully protest, which by the way is a CONSTITUTIONAL right that ALL military members raise their right hand to UPHOLD and PROTECT, so that those black men can silently protest, AND so that Trump can SCREEEEECH at crowds, and whine on Twitter, you jeer those black men, and say THEY are disrespecting the military. Why is it that you feel that Trump is not disrespecting the military, but feel that black men peacefully protesting racial injustices are???? The answer to that is as ugly as the “face” you are presenting to the world. 
#TakeAKnee “

flag upside 


Note: Have to give number 45 credit for unifying the National Football League, something that has not been done in 40 years. The Commissioner, team owners, General Managers, the union president, and players stood as one this past weekend.

Have to also give 45 credit for giving LeBron James, Stephan Curry, The Golden State Warriors, and The University of North Carolina Basketball Team a national platform to continue the discussion of race in the United States.

When racism raises its ugly head in this country, its leaders wrap itself in the flag, this is what Agent Orange-Number 45 has done currying the favor of the conservative right.

What number 45 did was hijacked Colin Kaepernick’s year long protest and changed the conversation. Mr. Kaepernick brought forth the issues of racism, equality, and police brutality. Number 45 hijacked and changed the narrative cloaking himself with the RED, WHITE, and BLUE ignoring the subjects that Colin Kaepernick brought forth.

NOTE: It is interesting that former quarterback Tim Tebow can take a knee for Jesus the whole season and nobody, I mean nobody said boo, but Mr. Kaepernick broke all of the rules kneeling in silence and was called an ungrateful Negro.

1st fact Caucasians do not have ownership of being patriotic, just ask the Black soldiers of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War… Ask the Black soldier who fought in the rice paddies of Viet Nam. Just ask my father George Thomas Gray, a Black United State Marine.

2nd fact we are all Americans from different backrounds and cultures , we should be helping and educating each other not sniping or throwing hateful words at each other.

Number 45 and his base want to ignore all of these facts and then ignore the fact that unarmed black males are being shot and killed by police, ignoring the fact that wage disparities between black and white that still exist, and the fact that injustices in court are still part of the American system and the growing ignorance about race.

It is too hard for Number 45 and his followers because they want to go back to the past. With the cloak phrase “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”, we all know what that means.

The National Football League made that clear the third weekend of the season with teams locking arms, kneeling, or just not coming out of the locker room during the anthem. Stating that, we (NFL) are not with you, Mr. President. The NFL stated we are not backing down. This is the only language Number 45 understands.

The United States of America might have to do some real soul searching and ask itself, do we really want to act like this, history will give the world the answer. Will we keep that ugly face or become the nation that we can truly be.

America can be better; we will survive with or without Number 45.

God Bless the United States.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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