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  • Thank you for the update on Gerald Govan. I never saw him play, but as a kid in the 70s I loved his page in the old 'Pro Basketball Handbook,' which made fun of his eyesight and 'legendary (for its inaccuracy)' shooting while crediting his intelligence and hard work.

    Yours is the only page that seems to have anything on Gerald's life after basketball, which is always an angle of interest for me. The old pros didn't make much money and lived as regular people, especially in the ABA, so it is nice to learn what they are up to. He sounds like a terrific person.
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THE WHEEL SPEAKS ON 2013 – WRECK – CREATION….Favor Or A Plug?

  1. 1.   1     THE  WHEEL  SPEAKS  ON  2013  –  WRECK  –  CREATION….Favor  Or  A  Plug?     Gerald  Govan  (born  January  2,  1942  in  Jersey  City,  New  Jersey)  is  a  retired   American  professional  basketball  player.  Govan  played  high  school  basketball  at   Henry  Snyder  High  School  in  Jersey  City.  A  6'10"  forward/center  from  St.  Mary  of   the  Plains  College,  Govan  spent  nine  years  (1967–1976)  in  the  now-­‐defunct   American  Basketball  Association,  playing  for  the  New  Orleans  Buccaneers,  Memphis   Pros,  Utah  Stars  and  Virginia  Squires.    
  2. 2.   2   He  tallied  5,251  career  points  and  7,119  career  rebounds,  and  he  appeared  in  the   1970  ABA  All-­‐Star  Game.  Govan  is  one  of  only  six  players  to  have  participated  in   each  of  the  original  ABA's  nine  seasons  of  existence.  The  others  are  Freddie  Lewis,   Byron  Beck,  Stew  Johnson,  Bob  Netolicky  and  Louie  Dampier.  Govan  appeared  in   681  regular  season  ABA  games—4th  all-­‐time,  and  tops  among  players  who  never   played  in  the  NBA.  (courtesy  of  Wikipedia,  the  free  encyclopedia)     But  his  contribution  was  greater  than  that  to  many  of  the  youth  especially  from  my   generation  and  during  those  years  even  why  he  played  professional  Govan  never   forgot  his  roots.  He  was  a  member  of  the  legendary  JC  Bondsman  Basketball  team   that  included  many  iconic  Jersey  City  sports  legends  who  became  vital  to  the   upbringing  of  a  generation  of  young  men  who  were  in  some  households  without   fathers.  Govan’s  trademark  was  his  toughness  and  in  especially  the  70’s  any  up  and   coming  high  school  big  man  who  had  the  potential  of  possibly  going  on  to  have  a   collegian  career  was  specifically  targeted  by  Govan.     Govan  after  retirement  instead  of  going  to  another  city  or  any  place  in  the  world   where  he  could  have  pursued  a  more  lucrative  life  because  of  his  basketball  career   and  experience  chose  to  return  to  Jersey  City.  And  every  evening  at  Public  School   #14  along  with  his  counterparts  like  Lee  Flowers  and  Robert  Harris  they  created  an   structured  environment  where  discipline  was  primary.  Govan  unbeknownst  to   many  for  years  had  taken  some  serious  abuse  on  his  knees  but  every  now  and  then   he’d  strap  them  up  and  bang  with  many  high  school  athletes  who  needed  the   personal  attention  in  order  to  thoroughly  understand  the  game  of  basketball.     On  Saturday  mornings  also  along  with  JC  Bondman’s  teammates  and  icons  like  “Big   El”  Elnardo  Webster  Sr.  or  legendary  coach  Charles  Brown  (who  open  the  gym  every   Saturday  morning  for  free  and  voluntarily)  legendary  floor  general  Harry  Laurie  Jr.   to  name  just  a  few  of  the  players  truly  gave  children  young  impressionable  high   school  boys  a  male  presence.  In  many  of  our  homes  there  might  now  have  been  that   presence  everyday  and  at  PS#  14  everyday  of  the  week  from  Monday  through   Friday  and  even  on  Saturday  morning  all  year  around  young  men  had  a  place  where   we  could  all  meet  to  work  hard  and  even  be  pulled  to  the  side  for  private  counseling   if  it  was  necessary.     Unbeknownst  to  me  until  years  later  I  discovered  that  Gerald  Govan  and  my  father   were  best  friends  they’d  meet  a  few  times  a  week  enjoying  what  both  of  them  loved   which  was  the  horse  races,  and  during  those  times  Govan  would  give  my  father   reports  about  our  progress.  And  truthfully  he  worked  me  and  my  brothers  Barry   and  Brad  both  All  County  basketball  players  even  harder  than  he’d  work  most  kids   consciously  making  sure  we  were  tough.  The  pounding  that  sometimes  both  him   and  especially  Big  El  would  put  on  my  brother  Brad  was  intentional  and  not  one   time  would  my  brother  call  foul  neither  would  they.  People  stayed  away  from  that   part  of  the  court  where  these  big  horses  usually  had  their  own  physical  game  being   played  within  a  game.    
  3. 3.   3   Govan  also  later  when  I  graduated  high  school  and  started  working  for  the   corrections  department  when  he  work  as  a  probation  officer  would  tell  me  how  he   along  with  my  mothers  brother  (my  uncle)  David  Lee  Rogers  were  the  city  wide   marbles  champions  throughout  Jersey  state  as  children.  I  remember  the  man  who   ran  PS#14  recreation  gym  at  night  even  taken  way  firearms  from  people  in  private.   Back  in  those  days  you  could  travel  uptown  or  downtown  to  PS#  22  where  the   legendary  Mr.  Dunbar  was  or  PS#41  or  PS#9  to  name  a  few  gyms  off  hand.  And  the   one  thing  we  never  had  to  worry  about  was  finding  a  place  to  find  what  at  that  time   was  the  demand  of  our  generation  and  that  was  basketball.     Today’s  society  is  different  and  like  basketball  was  once  upon  a  time  criteria  wise  a   prerequisite  for  acceptance  in  many  communities  we  must  also  be  well  aware  that   time  has  marched  on.  Offer  programs  that  will  engage  these  young  men  who  for   many  years  may  have  given  up  hope.  Everyone  truthfully  doesn’t  like  basketball  my   brother  Brad  will  remember  once  when  we  went  to  camp  I  wanted  to  play  baseball   but  was  pressured  to  do  the  basketball  thing  then  considered  the  Thomas  sport.     Encourage  thinking  embrace  all  of  the  arts  including  multi  media  marketing   journalism  and  of  course  an  emphasis  must  be  made  training  young  inspiring  minds   to  embrace  information  technology.  Times  are  forever  changing  and  for  what  it’s   worth  the  one  thing  that  won’t  change  is  poverty,  which  is  the  state  of  being  inferior   in  quality  or  insufficient  in  amount  and  it’s  not  speaking  in  terms  of  only  money  or   the  quality  of  life.  Don’t  just  assume  that  throwing  basketballs  or  footballs  or   teaching  kids  to  box  will  correct  anything.  The  process  begins  when  mentors   reemerge  in  the  venues  throughout  the  community  every  night  and  without  a   campaign  badge  or  banner  hanging  in  the  background  for  cameras  to  catch  it  in  the   event  a  picture  my  be  published.       I  participated  in  a  3  day  excursion  a  few  years  back  and  continued  to  make  myself   available  to  young  men  city  wide  in  any  way  possible.  At  times  even  truthfully   subjecting  myself  to  what  many  openly  considered  to  be  a  dangerous  situations   whenever  I  tried  speaking  one  on  one  to  troubled  young  men  who  many  forget   about  after  the  buses  return  from  these  excursions.  The  objective  was  always  to  get   power  in  many  political  circles  that  have  since  successfully  executed  the  objective   wise  the  vision  and  plan.  Maybe  now  the  objective  might  once  again  be  concentrated   on  the  resource  that  can  either  empower  an  upcoming  generation  of  young   impressionable  inner  city  youth  or  eventually  turn  into  a  nightmare.  Because  this   generation  won’t  be  denied  to  much  longer  opportunities  are  few  and  patience  no   longer  may  be  a  part  of  the  vocabulary  of  those  who  have  grown  tired  of  having   nothing.  Either  we’ll  choose  to  encourage  what  will  be  a  generation’s  collective   wreck  or  embrace  creation?          
  4. 4.   4   Implementing  change  throughout  America  within  the  inner  city  which  all  are   collectively  deal  with  the  same  issues  everyday  has  nothing  to  do  with  what  n  one   person  wants  it’s  about  the  generation  of  children  that  need  help.     Thanks  to  those  who  did  what  they  voluntarily  elected  to  do  as  a  labor  of  love  not   for  favor  or  a  plug.     Respectfully,   THE  WHEEL  SPEAKS  ON  2013   (The  Way  Humanity/Hudson  Expects  Everyone  to  Live)  

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