AUDIO INTERVIEW: Former NBA Pro John Salmons on ‘The Power of the Pivot’ and Other Success Strategies

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NBA fans will surely know the name John Salmons, who played opposite Derrick Rose for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls where he averaged 18 points a game. Salmons also played with the 76ers, Bucks, Kings and Raptors before finally wrapping up his pro career in 2015 with the Pelicans. He ranks in the top 10% of all time scorers in the history of the NBA and ABA, which is an extraordinary achievement unto itself.

Today, Salmons is the CEO of John Salmons Enterprise, which is a holding company for his diverse array of business interests that includes franchises, film development & production, fashion, real estate and angel investments, and several exploratory concepts in the comic book, entrepreneur and artist development space. He’s an outstanding example of a professional athlete who isn’t resting on the laurels of his athletic endeavors, and is instead thinking outside-the-box to facilitate longer-term prosperity in his life beyond.

Click HERE to listen to my insightful interview with Salmons, in which we discuss his success philosophies and strategies like “The Power of the Pivot,” his “3D Growth Model,” social engineering and much more.

THE Sports Watchdog (logo) colour HI - MASON with photoHigh School scholar (graduating class of 2017), perennial athlete and broadcast journalism aficionado turned Sports Watchdog, Mason Kern, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of youth, college and pro sports as well as notable sports and fitness gadgets and gear. Mason also serves as a Teen Correspondent for XETV’s ‘San Diego Living’ program in his own branded monthly “Teen Watchdog with Mason Kern” segment (www.tinyurl.com/TTWVideos). Reach Mason online at www.TheSportsWatchdog.com, on Twitter @ASportsWatchdog, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SportsWatchdog and on LinkedIn at www.tinyurl.com/TTW-LinkedIn. 

AUDIO INTERVIEW: Compelling Conversation with NFL Pro Turned Community Change Agent, Terrell Fletcher

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If you don’t already know the name Terrell Fletcher, you will…and certainly should! This NFL pro turned no-holds-barred cultural consultant and commentator, leadership expert and community mobilizer is on a mission to give the disenfranchised a “voice” that’s actually heard, and advocate why (and how) everyone in workplaces, homes and sports programs across the U.S. can live a community-centric life—one that’s driven by the kind of transformation and action that makes organizations, schools, homes, streets, cities and towns better to the extent that the impacts can be felt on a national scale.

Terrell doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. His own calling commenced in April of 2005 when, having realized a dream of his own through which he could utilize innate gifts, he was drafted into the NFL by the San Diego Chargers. There he enjoyed a successful 8-year career with the team. During this period, Fletcher became a vital and extremely active part of the community, serving as the Chairman and Spokesman for Jr. Achievement, volunteering with San Diego County Adoptions and regularly making meals to feed San Diego’s homeless, among other of his charitable and philanthropic endeavors.

Never one to shy away from “tackling’ a challenge and with his NFL “activist athlete” years now behind him, today Terrell remains a man of action—a bold community leader, organizer and compassionate advocate for those in our society who are marginalized and need an “assist” to help their proverbial voices be heard.

To learn more, I connected with Terrell for some of his fresh and unique insights, leadership lessons he learned on the gridiron and how we can all create a legacy through leadership.  Listen to my exclusive interview with Terrell here.

High School scholar (graduating class of 2017), perennial athlete and broadcast journalism aficionado turned Sports Watchdog, Mason Kern, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of youth, college and pro sports as well as notable sports and fitness gadgets and gear. Mason also serves as a Teen Correspondent for XETV’s ‘San Diego Living’ program in his own branded monthly “Teen Watchdog with Mason Kern” segment (www.tinyurl.com/TTWVideos). Reach Mason online at www.TheSportsWatchdog.com, on Twitter @SportsWatchdogs, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SportsWatchdog and on LinkedIn at www.tinyurl.com/TTW-LinkedIn.

Ron Artest’s Return Key to Lakers Turnaround?

With the return of “Metta World Peace,” AKA Ron Artest, the Los Angeles Lakers look to secure a defensive-minded forward on a team that is vying for a playoff position this year.

In his last stint with the team, which spanned over a four year period, Artest etched his name in the history books for both good and bad reasons. For one, World Peace will definitely be remembered for his on-court antics. Reflecting on the past, World Peace helped secure Los Angeles’ 2010 NBA Championship by knocking down a clutch three pointer in the closing seconds of game seven. However, he also carries notoriety throughout the league due to a controversial play in which he elbowed then Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard James Harden in the face. This is a risky move for an organization who is looking only to improve.

That is exactly what general manager Mitch Kupchak believes World Peace can deliver to the organization: improvement. “Personally, I think [there’s] a lot of things he brings to the table…” Kupchak said. For the past month, World Peace has reportedly been training at the Lakers’ facility, while also mentoring young players such as Julius Randle—a sophomore forward who was injured in his rookie debut last season.

The main motivation Kupchak seemingly has in bringing World Peace to the team is his leadership. The 35 year old veteran clearly has an influence in the locker room, and with such a young squad, he’s reportedly held his own in the practices. However, since his departure from the New York Knicks in 2014, World Peace hasn’t played in an NBA game but rather logged playing time in the Chinese and Italian basketball leagues.

Could World Peace be the missing link the Lakers’ need? He has some steep competition in order to make the team, having received a non-guaranteed, one-year deal in which he will battle for one of three open roster spots against young talent that will pose new challenges all on their own. If he does make the team, he just may get the bench to provide extra defensive mentality in what seems to be shaping up as a turnaround season for the Lakers.