'Rags-to-riches' isn't common -- not even in the NBA

  • Article by: SETH STEPHENS-DAVIDOWITZ , NEW YORK TIMES
  • Updated: November 4, 2013 - 1:10 PM

As elsewhere, to reach the pro basketball heights, it helps to have started out ahead in life.

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Seawaves AheadNov. 4, 13 2:43 PM

It is not shocking to us non-elitists that children from stable two parent middle & upper class families do better in most aspects of life. The problem we have now is trying to convince the Government to buy into this farfetched notion and support two parent families.

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leakyboatNov. 4, 13 4:20 PM

This writer needs to look into a tea party membership - he could learn much. Clearly family income has nothing to do with success. It is all about the ability of people to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. After all, that is how all conservatives made their way. GW Bush is one example of a real bootstrapper. Everybody has an equal chance of success in the U.S. That is why we shouldn't help out those who choose not to be successful.

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tmonstahzNov. 4, 13 4:39 PM

Most that make it from rags to riches in the sports world usually end up in court or back into rags.

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CSINov. 4, 13 6:38 PM

Did anyone actually read this drivel closely. If this hypotheses was reviewed with any academic scrutiny it would be laughable. "After putting all of this information my best guess is . . ." "I would estimate during this time period . . ." The number of 7 footers in the NBA has leveled off since 1980 and then lists a statistic that shows the number is actually 25 percent higher (16 vs 20). Suppose people grew an extra inch in the past 30 years. I could go on and on.

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Jakein08Nov. 5, 13 7:31 AM

seawaves ahead says "The problem we have now is trying to convince the Government to buy into this farfetched notion and support two parent families." I agree, all two parent families, including those headed by same sex couples.

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davehougNov. 5, 1311:13 AM

Once a person gets wealth and fame (and all the goodies thrust at them) I bet how you were raised tells a LOT about your keeping a level head and NOT going off the deep end.

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jalairNov. 5, 1312:32 PM

Nutrition is a factor, so is good health care. The body stops growing when it has a major illness such as measles, mumps, etc. Immunizations, nutrition, health care all result in better growth (height). European countries do a better job than the USA.

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