Hello, readers! So with working and promoting my new book Achilla The Strong, I had to take a little hiatus from the blog, but I did not completely slack off. First, the domain name has changed to noapologiesnation.com. Second, I have kept track of current events well enough to post some Rule Your Nation Awards. For all of the first-timers to this blog, the Rule Your Nation Awards are handed out to anyone who has achieved a great feat that exemplifies living your life your way with no apologies. The great feat can be something as simple as saying the right thing at the right time to the right audience or achieving a milestone of epic proportions. This post will include the Rule Your Nation Awards for the months of September and October. Enjoy!
(pictures: Syracuse.com and buzzfeed.com)
The United States has proven, yet again, that it produces the best basketball players by winning the FIBA World Tournament. The rest of the world has sent some ballers to the NBA: Dikembe Mutumbo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki, and Pau Gasol to name a few from the past and present. However, no other country in the world has such a wealth of upcoming talent as the United States. Whether they’re coming out of New York, Illinois, California, North Carolina, Connecticut(see my previous post on Connecticut Basketball), or even Ohio, the United States is a factory for prime basketball talent. This summer in particular, we displayed our basketball prowess by winning both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions. MVP Kyrie Irving put on a show for the ages, but it was a team effort that got our teams the gold. Kudos to you, USA Basketball. You are ruling your nation by maintaining your excellence. You certainly earned your medals.
On opening night this guy put up 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 blocks. That’s not a stat line you see very often. Considering how under the radar Davis was in high school until Kentucky picked him up, it is unlikely that anyone expected him to dominate in an NBA game. Now, his excellence is expected on a nightly basis. Will he repeat those statistics every night? Probably not. Will he have a career season this year? Yes. Kudos to you, Anthony Davis. You are ruling your nation by making a name for yourself through your actions alone. The Brow will speak for itself this season.
As a newly minted Bulls fan, this writer is just happy to see him on the court. During his USA Basketball campaign, he did not put up particularly good numbers. Years of rust will do that to you. However, his body looked great; as does his commitment to stick to the program after watching Paul George’s gruesome injury. Now he is playing well for the Bulls this season. He may not be his MVP caliber self, but he is still good enough to go toe-to-toe with Kyrie Irving and destroy teams with his shooting, finishing, and passing ability. His athleticism has not fully returned(people who think it has have clearly forgotten how amazing it was before), and it may not. However, that could be a blessing in disguise. If he is athletic enough to run the floor and get in the lane, but perhaps not so much that he relies on it to his detriment, Rose may finally play with a balanced style that will help him have a long career. Let’s face it, it’s amazing to watch him bang with big men, but even Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan learned to reduce their slashing. Rose has already developed a good jump-shot, and he won’t stop until he is equally dangerous inside and outside of the paint. Kudos to you, Derrick Rose. You are ruling your nation with perseverance by refusing to let an injury stop you. Go out there and play your heart out.
Howard Beck/Becky Hammon
(picture: Bleacher Report)
Howard Beck, NBA Senior Writer for Bleacher Report, wrote a compelling story on Becky Hammon. For those of you who don’t know, Becky Hammon recently earned the title of assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and will be the first woman to open an NBA season with that position. In such a male dominated industry as the NBA, this is no small feat. As you read Becky Hammon’s story, you’ll find that she doesn’t do anything small. She spent her whole life doing big things and achieving goals that nobody expected from her. Perhaps her most admirable quality is her way of forcing her peers to respect her talent, intelligence and work ethic by excelling on every stage. She will continue to do so as an assistant coach. After all, not everybody earns the trust of Greg Popovich. It is unlikely that Becky Hammon is looking to gain anyone’s adoration or make history, but she has managed to do both. Kudos to the both of you, Mr. Beck and Ms. Hammon. One of you has an amazing story; the other had the insight to write it well enough for the world to read. You are both ruling your nations well.
On Al.com Charles Barkley made a controversial statement about the black community. In short, he claimed that black people have a tendency to hold each other back by ostracizing one another. If you don’t act this way, speak this way, look this way, you are called “not black”. This is only true for certain black people, but it is a trend that needs to stop. It is not a crime to have diversity within your own community, and anyone who can’t see that is just flat-out narrow-minded. Barkley caught a lot of flack for his words, but what else is new? He may not be the best-spoken, most politically correct person on the planet, but he speaks from his heart. What you see is what you get, and love him or hate him, it’s hard to not respect him. Kudos to you, Charles Barkley. You are ruling your nation by speaking your mind on an important issue. Keep it up.
When most people think of Gospel Rap, they think of Christians using rap music to lead people to Christ. They seldom expect the music to be any good; let alone sell a lot of copies. Well, during the week of September 14, 2014, Lecrae, a gospel rapper, released his album Anomaly, and it earned a No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Contrary to popular(wrong) opinion, Christian rappers are just as skilled as the mainstream artists who, frankly, can be quite disappointing nowadays. Lecrae’s success on the charts has given him the star power to prove that regardless of your faith, or how you express it, people will respect real art when they hear it. Lecrae’s music is real art, and people are certainly hearing it all over the country. Kudos to you, Lecrae. You are ruling your nation by sticking with your beliefs and living your dream. This Christian salutes you.
You know, there’s really nothing to say here. Just watch the video.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Do you know anyone who deserves an award? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with their story and photograph. Remember, they don’t have to be famous, but they must be awesome.
Rule well, my friends.