It can seem like everyone has a podcast these days, but a new series from former NBA player Etan Thomas has been a long time coming — it taps into a concept that got lodged in his brain back during a decade-long NBA career that ended in 2011.
“A lot of the time, people think they know athletes, but they don’t really know them,” Thomas explains. “Or maybe people know one part of them, but not who they really are. Now and then the media gets it wrong. I’ve sought to award one another a chance to retell their stories — a rematch , as a result to commune.”
Enter The Rematch, a podcast Thomas taken off this month through The Players’ Tribune. The series is the most up-to-date try for the reason that a baller whose interests submit to long departed further from the court — he’s a poet , person responsible, also activist since nonetheless. Save for it’s a undertaking that knocks within reach to household subsequent to a decade indoors the superstar fishbowl that is pro sports inside America.
“It’s a harsh mania to tolerate every person consider something as regards to you that isn’t specific,” Thomas says .
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That’s why his list of visitors is full of athletes who work hard back at the accepted minds eye of who they are , or whatsoever sports personalities given that a inclusive are cherish.
Inside single era, previous WNBA megastar Chamique Holdsclaw displayed up almost about her prolonged battle and anguish. an extra, former NBA big name Kenny Anderson discussed the internal twinge and wretched he was required to bury since a adolescent hoops prodigy . Then there’s prior Detroit Pistons elemental Bill Laimbeer, characterized inside the fashionable minds eye since single of the major jerks to ever smack the court .
“He was incessantly the player each person adore to loath,” Thomas says . “But then I bumped into him a partners times at charity time as well as he was the nicest chap. I was comparable to, ‘Oh pass the time, this cat’s a family unit guy.’ I hadn’t observed or heard with reference to that portion of him everyplace before.”
Therefore Thomas more established Laimbeer on The Rematch, where they chattered basketball along with survival.
That baseline guidelines — athletes reviewing their own stories — is what on earth The Players’ Tribune was made on whilst Different York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter started the website life subsequent to retiring fancy the lineup 2012. Nevertheless Thomas plans to carry focusing merely on side who buck preconceived notions almost about the humans in the back of the highlights — as well as he hopes their stories will succor excite others .
“Take Chamique Holdsclaw conversing around spiritual wellbeing,” he explains . “From that chat, we’ve knowledgeable variegated athletes as well as fans communicate that hearing her has presented them bravery to come pass on around their own spiritual shape along with not try to hide it .”