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The National Basketball Association(NBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States of America. It is considered to be the best male basketball league worldwide. This league started in nineteen forty six  with only eleven teams, the name was first called Basketball Association of America. In that time Basketball was not one the most popular ports worldwide; so in the second season of nineteen forty seven, the league was almost the end of the league. After nine years in nineteen fifty six, legends like Bill Russell decided to join the NBA league. And in nineteen fifty nine and nineteen sixty six great players like Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, also decide to join the league. In march of nineteen sixty two, Wilt Chamberlain scored one hundred points in a game. Ever since the NBA has made a tremendous change and now it has more than eleven teams, it has a total of thirty teams. To make it to the NBA league as a professional basketball player, is a dream of a lot of young basketball players now a days , but unfortunately not all of them have the potential to make it to the NBA league. If we look at those players who have become professional basketball players in this league, for instance; Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, and Isaiah Thomas, before making their dreams into reality, they were just like any other young basketball players who was trying to make his dream happen. And to do so, they worked as hard as they could, to make the dream of their lives come true. That is why these players are often portrayed as role models of the upcoming generation, because they inspire the young people who look up to them. Mass and social media has been a very big influence in the life of these professional basketball athletes, because almost everything they do no matter if it is on or off the court, is posted publicly so everyone can see what they have been doing. In my opinion the social media Influences the way these athletes are portrayed in public, because the fact that they are superstars and very famous makes the fans interested in their personal lives,so  there will always be media following them.Now my question is, how NBA athletes, manly the superstars such as; Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, and Lebron James are often portrayed in mass and social media?Isaiah Thomas, is known for being one of the shortest player in NBA history (5’9). But that does not mean anything, height does not matter when it comes to Isaiah Thomas. ”How Isaiah Thomas, The Shortest Guy In The NBA, Became Unstoppable”1. He was the last pick in the draft of two thousand and eleven, and ever since he made sure he that worked hard enough and that hard work has paid off so far. For instance the year of two thousand sixteen when he was playing for the Boston Celtics, that year was when everyone saw how hard Isaiah Thomas was determined to be the best, because not only was he averaging the highest points per game in the NBA league, but also in the same year, he was a most valuable player( MVP) candidate. Oftentimes Isaiah Thomas is portrayed as a hard worker, who is willing to give everything he has, in order to achieve his goal in his basketball career. For instance, when he declared to the NBA draft, everybody started laughing, because people said he was not  tall enough(5’9), but Isaiah Thomas made sure that everyone who doubted him was wrong, by being drafted by the Sacramento Kings in two thousand and eleven, where and when his professional basketball career started. He is also portrayed as a big hearted guy, because no matter the situation,he is always ready to play. For instance in April fifthteenth of two thousand seventeen, his sister died. But that did not stop Isaiah Thomas from playing the next day, he said that he was going to play because in honor of his sister. In that game he scored fifty four points against the Washington Wizards. In my opinion, what Isaiah Thomas did was something that not everyone can do, because it is hard to focus on other things when tragedies like losing a loved one happens. You have got to have the will and the courage to do this big gesture that Isaiah Thomas did to honor his sister’s death. In my opinion, the social media puts Isaiah Thomas in a position where the fans, and everybody that look up to him, see him as a person who is a very hard worker and a very confident man who is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals in life. Kyrie Irving is a NBA superstar of the Boston Celtics, he won his first NBA championship at the age of twenty four a long side of Lebron James. He is an elite point guard and is known for his ball handling skills, probably the best in the NBA league.He is also known for his clutch genes, he is one of the chutchest in the league,for instance back in the NBA finals of two thousand and sixteen, when he was still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he made a ridiculous three pointer over Stephen Curry to give the lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which basically gave them their first NBA title after fifty two years. Growing up Kyrie Irving’s  biggest supporter has always been his family, in particular his father who helped him concour his dream of becoming a professional basketball athlete. His father had a big role in his life, because Kyrie Irving’s mother died when he was only five years of age, so Kyrie Irving was raised by a single father. In an interview, Kyrie Irving once addressed how much his father believed in him ever since he was a young man. “In eighth grade,” Irving said, “my father told me I would wind up as the best guard in the state of New Jersey. In my senior year of high school, he told me I’d be the number one player in the country. Then, in college, he told me I’d be the number one pick in the draft. He laid out all the necessary steps for me. It was up to me what I did with them.”2And years later all of these wishes  that his father was so confident about, turnt into reality. Kyrie Irving’s father,  not only did he supported him but also he believed in him and that is why ever since he is a very confident man. People know about Kyrie Irving’s life in basketball, but what really do not really know about is his life off the basketball court. In my opinion many people only see him as a phenomenal basketball athlete, for instance Kyrie Irving is still trying to find his way of life outside of basketball. In two thousand and sixteen when he was still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after they came back from a three one lead against the Golden state warriors, and became the first team in NBA history to ever do it, Kyrie Irving had an interview with Rohan Nadkarni, where he explained his journey to self-discovery, by overcoming his fears and how he wants to impact the next generation. So in that interview, Kyrie Irving was asked What was the biggest challenge for you in terms of finding yourself? And his answer was “It’s still going. The journey is never ending. The journey started before I even played basketball and it’s been going on for a long time. It’s just that we forget about ourselves when we’re trying to figure out the world around us, our purpose and everything else. We forget to really take the time to focus on ourselves. As selfish as it sounds, I really don’t mind being selfish in my escape to finding myself. I can be better for the world if I’m making myself better.”3 “My biggest takeaway from it is being comfortable being uncomfortable. That saying goes so many miles for me in my life. There was a block in my life that I had, and that block was called fear. It was the fear of what other people thought. It was the fear of failing. It was the fear of going through life and not being as educated as I wanted to be. Once I got over that block, and accepting fear itself, and looking it in the face and said I’m going to kick your A-S-S, then everything else started to open up. I started being more comfortable with myself”4.What Kyrie Irving was communicating in this interview was that in order to face our fears in life, first we have to be comfortable with ourselves.  Moving on, Lebron James is a professional basketball athlete ( Kyrie Irving’s former teammate), who is known for being so dominant in the NBA league. He is a three time champion, he won two of his three championships in two thousand twelve and in two thousand thirteen, with the Miami Heat. And in two thousand sixteen he won his third championship, this time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is well respected by the former President and First Lady of the United States, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. They respect him not only for being an unbelievable athlete, but also he cares about the education of the upcoming generation. For instance; in two thousand seventeen Lebron James sent more than one thousand students to college. “It’s the reason I do what I do. These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”5 “It means so much because, as a kid growing up in the inner city and a lot of African-American kids, you don’t really think past high school,” said James, who bypassed college to jump to the NBA. “You don’t really know your future. You hear high school all the time, and you graduate high school and then you never think past that because either it’s not possible or your family’s not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college.”6Lebron James is helping these kids, not only because they are not financially stable, but because growing up Lebron James was in the same situation, his parents were in the same situation. So he knows what these kids are going through that is why he decided to send them to college, by donating forty million dollar.This is one of the reasons why Lebron James is very respected by many people such as the Barack Obama and Michelle Obama ( former President and former First Lady). On the other hand, when you are too great of a person there will always be people who will be hating on your success. For example, Lebron James  house home had been vandalized with racial slur.And when Lebron James was asked about the situation he said “No matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.”7 Some people did not like his response, because Lebron James is a millionaire athlete, so that is why the people think  his life is very easy. So after Lebron James comment, people started sarcastically making rude comments, which in my point of view,  is very ignorant because regardless of how rich you are, racism is something chronic in our world, no matter how hard people try to deny the existence of it. And also people are so negative to him, because they are jealous of what he has accomplished on the court and off the court  ( such as championships, MVPs, built a School in his hometown,Akron Ohio). In my opinion people should always remember that Lebron James was not always a millionaire, he earned everything that he has today with hard work, so instead of always hating on him, people should appreciate him more.

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