|Your Success Newsletter - July - August, 2008 - Published Bi-Monthly
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" - Proverbs 29:18
|. . . Continuation of
Obama, Basketball and Other Blessings
Experiencing life from the West Coast
By Jean L. Ford
Now as if that weren’t enough…
The NBA basketball playoffs dragged on through quarter finals and semi-finals, our
wistful hopes for the Cleveland Cavaliers and other teams finally giving way to the
finals which would pit the Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, we
live in Los Angeles, but our allegiance doesn’t. So give this match-up the big “Who
cares,” right? Not!
Flashback to 1960 when, as a 12-year old, I was blessed to form a friendship with a
tall, lanky, rather shy boy who lived one street over from us in my hometown of
Cleveland. Known to us all as simply “Posey,” he could handle a ball and proved
it regularly as all the neighborhood kids would regularly gather in our driveway for a
spirited game we called “four corners.” Posey (first name James) and I remained
friends for many years, until time and geography put us out of touch. In a
“coincidence,” also known as a miracle in which God chooses to remain
anonymous, my brother Henry ran into James and the relationship between our two
families was instantly reborn. Naturally, much had happened in both our lives, and
it was exciting to learn that Posey had a son, James Jr., who had been an all-Ohio
basketball star at Twinsburg (Ohio) High School who had gone on to play college
ball for Xavier of Ohio.
Before long he was drafted by the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and I was watching him
play against the Lakers and the Clippers at L.A.’s Staples Center. That was eight
years ago. Two years ago we cheered him on to his first NBA championship with
the Miami Heat.
Last week, we shared James Sr.’s joy as he traveled here to see his son play in
games three, four and five of this year’s finals. We joined him at game three,
enjoying the raucous crowd and enduring the good-natured taunts of rival Lakers
fans. For daring to be Celtics fans in Lakers’ territory, we were photographed by
local news crews and by the Boston Herald. We enjoyed dinner in Staples Center’s
Arena Club and used our binoculars to spot crowd pleasers like Magic Johnson,
Eddie Murphy, Sly Stallone, David Beckham, Jack Nicholson, Dyan Cannon, and
Hugh Hefner. It’s Hollywood, after all!
We were thrilled that the finals schedule allowed us to spend time with James (and
his cousins, Norman and Flossie Hobson) and enjoy some local favorites including
City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles, a Father’s Day church service,
the WAVE radio station live-broadcast Sunday brunch at I Cugini restaurant on the
ocean in Santa Monica, and Hollywood’s legendary Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
We were equally thrilled that on June 17, the Boston Celtics went on to soundly
defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the finals to win the 2008 NBA Finals,
giving that city its first basketball championship since 1986. Congratulations to
James Jr., his teammates, and his family. We also add our heartfelt get well wishes
to Posey’s sister, Eurcelle Berry of Cleveland, as we keep her in thought and
We are forever grateful for the gifts of opportunity, the bonds of friendship, and all
our many blessings, and we look forward to sharing more of our stories with
Visions’ loyal readers.
|Preparing to watch the Celtics "beat up" on the
Lakers, Left to Right: James Posey, Sr.
(father of Boston Celtics Star James Posey, Jr.),
Jean and husband Emmanuel.