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Gentlemen Of The Game.

Sat May 21, 2005 10:26 am

Inspired by Falcon84's post of great athletes, who do you think are true gentlemen of the game? Which players are great on the court/field as well as off it? Two that I think would come from the most unlikely place. They were both teammates. They are San Antonio Spurs players David Robinson(retired) and Tim Duncan. When i've watched these guys on TV, they never showboat or strut around the court like fools. Now I admit that I don't watch NBA Pro-Basketball very much, but I saw the end of last nights Spurs-Sonics game and was impressed at how Tim Duncan conducts himself. He was obviously happy with his last second shot, but did run all over the courtdancing around like a claown. But since I never hear anything bad about these guys, I would assume that they are genuinely good guys who continue to be great players on the court as well as off. Would I be correct, or am I missing something? But this is for overseas as well. What sports players in your country parallel these guy's stand-up behavior?
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RE: Gentlemen Of The Game.

Sat May 21, 2005 10:58 am

Stan Musial. Nicest person I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Talked my ear off about everything baseball, laughing, joking, and always smiling. Active in his community and just always there. What a great guy!

Also in baseball: Juan Pierre (work ethic and approachability), Jim Thome (genuinely nice guy), Michael Young, and Luis Gonzalez. Some others as well that just aren't coming to mind right this minute.

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RE: Gentlemen Of The Game.

Sat May 21, 2005 11:31 am

Hank Aaron is a true gentleman as well as one of the greatest to ever play the game. He is unfailingly polite with fans and business associates alike. Always takes the time for an autograph or a photo, and smiles genuinely. Softspoken and gentle in his manner. Can't say enough about him as a person.

In football I would have to point out men like Walter Payton who was one of the 5 greatest runners in the games history, and a true gentleman by all accounts.

I met Michael Jordan once, and my employees delivered to him often while he was in spring training with the White Sox down in Sarasota, and he was not only very nice (he answered the door himself usually) but he was an excellent tipper and there was always a competition to deliver to his address. Other baseball players were not often argued about by my drivers, who cared less about sports (mostly musicians and female Jehovahs Witnesses) but liked tips.
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RE: Gentlemen Of The Game.

Sat May 21, 2005 12:13 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
but he was an excellent tipper and there was always a competition to deliver to his address.

There is a story about how when Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and others went to local casinos and other venues. MJ always was a great tipper, but Pippen certainly was not, and earned the reputation 'No tip Pip'.

As for other good guys in sports.. there are a lot of them. Lots of bad, and lots of good too. Some notables from my favorites teams/players..

Ray Allen
Desmond Mason
John Stockton
Brett Favre
Richie Sexson

i could go on and on really
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RE: Gentlemen Of The Game.

Sat May 21, 2005 12:25 pm

A couple who come to mind:

-Henry Aaron. Not only broke the record, but did it with class, even in the face of racial slurs and death threats.

-John Havlicek. Not the greatest athlete that ever lived, but was a fierce competitor, and always a gentleman.

-Jack Nicklaus. Need I say more?

-Mark Price. When he retired from the NBA, ESPN, to my surprise, did an almost 5-minute tribue to him. At the end, to paraphrase, they said, if you want to teach your young son how to shoot free throws, break a double team, or how to be a man, you won't find a better role model. High praise, indeed.
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RE: Gentlemen Of The Game.

Sat May 21, 2005 5:15 pm

How about John Stockton, Dan Marino. Another who seems to be handling his fame pretty well is Le Bron James. It's a little early, coupled with the fact he's so young and that he's an icon in the basketball world, he's amking himself look good in the eyes of many people. Let's hope he doesn't turn out like Kobe Bryant.
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