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Bloodline: Growing up Basketball

I'm getting old. We are all getting older everyday, but more and more I'm starting to see the offspring of the players I grew up idolizing try and make they're mark in the league their fathers made millions off. The funny thing to me is that the sons of the All-stars typically don't project to be can't miss prospects, but the kids who have just grown up in basketball and may have had an NBA role player or league bust for a father turn out well in a lot of cases. It could just be certain fathers have a chip on their shoulders and make sure their kids don't miss out on development opportunities, maybe the kid just isn't talented, or maybe neither party (child or father) cares. Honestly, I could do some compelling research on the sociology of all of this but I won't until I can get college credits or money to do so. This is just me speculating and "thinking out loud." Most of us here probably want our kids to grow up in basketball, or distance running or Ivy League educated or a combination of all of this. I just would like to throw out a couple of examples of father son relationships and how they turned out. A bunch of theses examples are directly related to our beloved Sixers. I will start with Henry Bibby and Mike Bibby. Shout out to Cherry Hill, NJ. Henry played and was an assistant coach here for a while but it was his son Mike who made a real mark in the league, and made me an Arizona Wildcat fan.. Milt Wagner and Dajaun Wagner. Shout out to Camden, NJ. Milt was a decent Laker but Jaunny, (the messiah) was Coach Calipari's original one and done sure fire lotto pick. I still get sad thinking about what should have been with him and Lebron...sigh. Moving on Joe "jelly bean" Bryant and Kobe Bryant. Shout out to Southwest Philly and the Main Line snobs in Merion. It is to my understanding that Joe Bryant was a cool Sixer but his son Kobe scored 81 points on that guy that works for Grantland Sports. I've watched Michael Jordan, Glenn Rice, Glenn Robinson, Sam Cassell all become great or really good NBA players. The jury is still out on their juniors...most of them. But none have been or will be a cant miss prospect. But you know who's son will be? That's right Mitchell Wiggins. Mitchell has had his share of NBA setbacks but Money Makin' Mitch's son Andrew is a once in a decade can't miss prospect. The fact that the last two NBA teams Mitchell Wiggins played for was the Rockets and Sixers respectively just gets me going more than Amanda Seyfried's new flick. Sidebar- Amanda Seyfried or Zooey Deschanel? I love them both. Anyway, Andrew will save us from the treadmill and lead us on the Victory lap from Pattison to Fern Rock. And as a great Greenbaugh, Alabama philosopher once said, "That's all I have to say about that."


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