“The public’s image of NBA players is true. A lot of them get caught up in the hype and do video clips with rappers and all that crap…”
I agree with the person who uttered these words. That’s right, I a-gree —– from his perspective, I totally agree.Why? Most importantly, there’s more to the statement than meets the eye. Next, from this person’s ultimate insider perspective, he’s more than likely 100% accurate in his perceptions. Finally, outside of a minor Internet day-and-half mention and one or two sentences saying not a whole lot, quiet has accompanied what this NBA player said in an interview.
Who is the player? Andrew Bogut of the Milwaukee Bucks. The seven-foot center (12.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.0 apg) just completed his second season in the NBA as a starter. Bogut is back home in Australia for the summer and was the subject of a feature story by Sydney Morning Herald writer David Sygall.
Now, before everybody goes off on either Bogut, me or both, here’s more of Bogut’s statement:
“They want bling bling all over themselves and drive fast cars. But that’s just the way the culture is in America – if you’ve got it flaunt it and if you don’t, you can’t.”
Among Europeans, what are the most common complaints about American tourists? We’re flashy. We’re loud and obnoxious. We lack manners. We act like everyone should speak English and get an attitude when they don’t. More from Bogut:
“I’m not into jewelry. I’ve got some earrings but they’re not too expensive. There are guys who drop a hundred grand for a chain. The public’s got it right – a lot of NBA stars are arrogant and like to spend lots of money and have lots of girlfriends and all that.
The smarter guys don’t do that. They like to live a regular life and want to retire and be set up. About 80 per cent of them go broke by the time they retire or come close to it.
We have compulsory tutoring each week where they teach you to manage your money and they tell you about all the things that can happen to you, people trying to take advantage of you, but it’s amazing how many guys totally ignore it. I guess if you’re a normal person and suddenly you’re getting $10 million a year, it can go to your head.
But it’s just the culture over there. I would never want my child to be brought up in an environment like that, where if you have money you’re supposed to flaunt it and make everyone jealous.
The American attitude is ‘We’re the best’. That’s why the NBA guys who come from other countries, the Europeans, all sort of stick together away from the game.”
Societal differences, cultural differences. We live a land that actively seeks to wipe its history from its peoples’ consciousness. It’s called “American gauche.”
We got things. Cars. Houses. Jewelry. You know that “New York attitude” crap we laud so much? The rest of the world laughs at us for holding onto that attitude as a positive; we’re such suckers.
So, of course our athletes will mirror the remainder of American society. Bogut tells the truth – and the part about how many players, by the time their run as players is done, are broke, is a sad truth.
I have no beef with Bogut.