The words phenom and prodigy should always be used carefully and with caution. Labeling a player a prodigy or phenom comes with all sorts of expectations and failure to live-up to those expectations sometimes leads to negative backlash.
This is not the case for Toronto’s Phil Dixon!
Before there was Andrew Wiggins there was Phil Dixon! A once in a generation player that was primed for greatness and a potential NBA career.
Unfortunately for Dixon a terrible leg injury cut his career short ending his dreams of ever dribbling his way on to a NBA basketball court. The video is part of SportsChek’s new #MyNorth campaign which coincides with the start of the Toronto Raptors 20th anniversary season. The campaign, aims to unite nine of Toronto’s neighborhoods – Brampton, Markham, Vaughan, North York, York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Scarborough and Toronto – by spotlighting and sharing authentic stories and court culture under the banner.
City of Toronto facing extreme backlash after rim removal video goes viral
Love and basketball? How how about politics and basketball?
The City of Toronto, it’s mayor and other constituents were put into scramble mode and forced to apologize after an absolutely disgusting and sickening video of a city staff removing a basketball rim at a local Toronto park — while a young kid was shooting and dribbling went viral for all the wrong reasons.
The video tweet has amassed worldwide attention, getting retweets from NBA players, national media outlets, outraged tax paying citizens and various other political organizations — prompting the City of Toronto to quickly issue an apologize and reverse its actions.
Knicks RJ Barrett: Basketball + Business
Canadian RJ Barrett sits down for a very candid interview with agent Bill Duffy and “The Boardroom” host — former no. 1 overall pick Jay Williams to discuss basketball including his business ambitions and aspirations.
Barrett is expected to be amongst the highest global sponsorship earners of his generation and is represented by agent Duffy — who has done over 3.5 billion dollars in contract negotiations and also represented Canada’s greatest basketball player to date and RJ’s very own Godfather Steve Nash.
Under Duffy’s direction, Barrett is expected to capitalize on the immediate rise of Canadian Basketball and the national corporate entities looking for an immediate association with the rapid growing sport.
Barrett has already inked deals with financial powerhouse Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and global leader in made to measure apparel company INDOCHINO — which costumed designed his memorable draft night suit.
Globally, with Barrett’s ability to speak French, Duffy also sees a market in China but as well as untapped African market. After all, Duffy is somewhat responsible for Yao Ming’s massive success in the Asian-Pacific markets.
When it’s all said and done, Barrett stands a chance at being Canada’s top-earning athlete, both in salary earnings and corporate dollars.
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