The PopGates Monday Bulletin: 3/6

Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:

Vince Carter doesn’t have time for that.

Vince Carter is the only 40-year old in the NBA. He grew up in the 80s during the lunch-pail, no blood no foul days of Bird and Magic.

Devin Booker is a snot-nose, wide-eyed 20-year-old.

In a Suns-Grizz game this week, Booker gave Carter a little shot as Carter came across the lane. In retaliation, Carter throw a wild forearm that connected with Booker under his arm and sent him to the floor. In typical basketball fashion, the young Suns surrounded Carter feigning toughness.

Carter clearly didn’t have time for any of it.

Lesson 1: Don’t mess with Vince Carter.

Lesson 2: Respect your elders.

RIP big Neil.

On Feb. 25, Neil Fingelton – best remembered as the tallest man in Great Britain passed away from heart failure.

Fingelton was a McDonald’s High School All-American before playing college ball at first at UNC, and then at Holy Cross. The 7’8” near 400-pound behemoth had a four-year professional career that included stops in the American minor leagues as well as Spain.

Regarded as an all-around good guy, Fingelton was surprisingly mobile for someone his size, and possessed a decent shooting touch around the basket, but couldn’t stay healthy after high school.

After his playing career concluded, he transitioned to acting, where he had a bit part as Mag the Mighty on Game of Thrones.

Amar’e smdh.

Amar’e Stoudemire – former NBA player that is – now in his first year with Hapoel Jerusalem, made waves when he said the following to the Israeli website Walla Sports, in regards to what he would if he had a gay teammate:

“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner.”

In response, former NBA player John Amaechi, who is openly gay said:

“These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice.

There is already one too many of those holding court in the media, and the world is poorer for it. Within the world of sport there are plenty of true role models — on and off the floor — whose words are carefully chosen to uplift and integrate society not join Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.

In these tumultuous times, these true role models are the men and women whose voices we need to disseminate to every corner, not a braying jackass making a desperate grab for relevance amongst a constituency destined for extinction.

Lastly, could someone please tell this man to stop flattering himself. It’s embarrassing.

Jason Collins added:

“His homophobic comments have no place in sport or in our society.”

Amar’e later apologized – though given the amount of heat he was under – and his post career aspirations in the fashion and arts world, his apology should be taken with a grain of salt.

It is particularly troubling when a member of two marginalized groups (Black, Jewish) makes derogatory or persecutorial statements about another marginalized group.

Cameroon stackin.

Cameroon will try to qualify for Afrobasket 2017 later this month. Assuming they qualify for the August event – which they should, only having to beat out Chad and Gabon – their player pool for August has some scary talent in it:

Luc Mbah Moute, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid.

Mbah Moute, who has hinted at this being his last cycle (Afrobasket, World Cup Olympics) with the national team has already strongly suggested he will participate in August.

Siakam and Embiid are question marks.

If the three play, the balance of power may shift in Africa from Nigeria and Senegal to Cameroon.

Quote of the Week:

“You put five players out there on the court they are working together to achieve a common goal no matter their race,culture, background, and that’s what makes this game so special you have to work together to achieve a common goal not one person can win or play the game by himself.” – Darrel Lewis, Dominos League, Iceland.