Archive for August 30th, 2012

Nick Collison Details Trip To Kenya With Dikembe Mutombo, UNICEF

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Thunder forward Nick Collison, along with NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute is in Kenya representing the NBA as part of a UNICEF field trip. Collison has filed this travelogue for NBA.com.

Entry 1: Making my way to Kenya

I previously attended Basketball without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2008, so this marks my second trip to Africa. I had a great experience and wanted to return, so when I was approached by the NBA to come to Kenya as part of a UNICEF field trip followed by another BWB in Johannesburg, I jumped at the opportunity.

Friday morning I left New York on a flight to Johannesburg then on to Nairobi.  The total travel time was over 20 hours. After relaxing Saturday we had a day to spend in Nairobi. A small group of us toured Kibera which is one of the largest slums in the world, located in the middle of Nairobi. Walking through Kibera was a powerful experience. The living conditions are awful. Children are playing barefoot in the dirt roads among the sewage and garbage. Like many other parts of Africa, HIV and AIDS is a major problem. Families have taken in orphans into their already overcrowded homes. I visited a similar neighborhood in South Africa in 2008. Both times I came away feeling sad for the people, but also inspired by them. Despite their struggles, life goes on. I met people who are working to help others through churches and small health clinics. The children were playing with smiles on their faces. It is a great experience to see how other people in different parts of the world live. It gives perspective and appreciation for what is important in life.

The journey continues today as I am on a plane to Kakuma.  I am part of a UNICEF team going to visit a refugee camp that is the home of over 100,000 refugees displaced by conflict or famine. I will fill you in on what comes next…

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Charles Barkley Sings Karaoke With Boyz II Men

by Micah Hart

This is not the first time we offer video evidence of Charles Barkley singing karaoke. We can only pray it won’t be the last.

Here is Chuck hammering Boyz II Men’s classic hit “End of the Road,” with a surprise twist:

As to why Boyz II Men showed up to rescue Sir Charles, I have two thoughts:

1) They were in Raleigh, NC, to participate in the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, like Charles, or

2) They were scattered around the United States, but the pull of Charles destroying their timeless classic* was so strong they dropped what they were doing and hurtled at the speed of light to rescue their precious material from certain death.

*Timeless at least to anyone who was in 8th grade when the song was released.

Either scenario seems plausible to me.

H/T HoopsHype

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