Kya Publishing Supports Jamaal "Big Cat" Magloire's Editorial Debut
Thursday, 05 January 2012
Caribbean Camera CoverSOURCE: Kya Publishing
BY: Stacey Marie Robinson

TORONTO, ONT. (January 2012) - Kya Publishing is proud to support Jamaal Magloire's weekly column "Big Cat's Corner" for The Caribbean Camera newspaper--his editorial debut.

Magloire (nicknamed the "Big Cat" by former teammate P.J. Brown, in tribute to his years as a University of Kentucky "WildCat") is a 12-year veteran of the National Basketball Association (NBA), a Toronto native of Trinidadian heritage, and the first Canadian to play for the Toronto Raptors. He is also a carnival bandleader for the Toronto Revellers .

"The Caribbean Camera readers are a part of my cultural community--and now also my professional community--and the reason why I contribute to this weekly column," said Magloire. "This is my chance to communicate with them and continue to be an ambassador of the city of Toronto and my Caribbean culture."

Founded in 2007 by Toronto author Stacey Marie Robinson, Kya Publishing is committed to the promotion and celebration of urban Canadian writing and culture through literature, and through assisting students, writers, and other professionals with their writing and publishing goals.

"Everyone knows how much Jamaal loves his West Indian community; it's an honour to be able to assist him with his contribution to The Caribbean Camera," said Robinson. "Throughout his career, Jamaal has continued to enhance the community's profile, and has done a great job communicating the story of his experiences as a first-generation Canadian. This is precisely the goal of Kya Publishing: to ensure that these stories are documented in Canadian history."
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Magloire is first Canadian to sign with RaptorsJamaal Magloire | Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed veteran centre Jamaal Magloire. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Magloire was born in Toronto and attended high school at Eastern School of Commerce. He is the first Canadian-born player to join the Raptors in the club's 16-year history. 

Magloire is a veteran of 11 NBA seasons and owns career averages of 7.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 22.1 minutes in 646 regular season outings. He has appeared in 46 postseason contests, averaging 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.  

Magloire, 6-foot-11, 265 pounds comes to the Raptors after spending the past three seasons with the Miami Heat. His best statistical campaign came in 2003-04 when he averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 33.9 minutes in 82 games with the New Orleans Hornets. He was one of only 11 players that season to average a double-double. Magloire set single-season career highs in minutes, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, offensive, defensive and total rebounds, rebound average, points and scoring average. He set his career highs with 15 free throws made in 20 attempts in Toronto on March 21, 2004.

Heat's Magloire reaches out to family in wake of murder
Friday, 04 June 2010

SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
BY: Ira Winderman

Moved to action after seeing a disturbing television report of the stabbing murder of a 28-year-old Ontario single mother who left behind a son with cerebral palsy, Miami Heat center Jamaal Magloire has reached out to the family.

A Toronto native, Magloire said he was heartbroken after learning of the death of Lucita Charles and the circumstances of the family. He has agreed to pay the funeral costs and is in the process of establishing a trust fund for her 7-year-old special-needs son, having previously known neither.

"Now that the mother is gone, it really took its toll on what's going to happen to the child now," said Magloire, who remains in contact with the victim's sister. "A lot of times, when we see crimes on TV, we don't know what we can do to help, we just kind of feel this sense of sympathy. I don't want to do it by words, I want to do it by example."

The 32-year-old 10-year NBA veteran said he plans to make a "substantial contribution" to the child's trust fund and make the family part of his fundraising activities.

"I've already tried to help other people who are going through turmoil," he said, "but this is something that I'm really trying to get to take off"

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Jamaal Magloire's simplicity can stand out on flamboyant Heat
Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Jamaal MagloireSOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
BY: Ira Winderman

MIAMI - From the mannerisms to the gritty playing approach to what no longer adorns his body, Jamaal Magloire is about as old school as it gets on the Heat roster.

"He's 30 going on 40," teammate Udonis Haslem jokes. "His body is certainly 30 going on 40."

To a degree, the Canadian-born, Kentucky-schooled center stands as a throwback. In an age of flash and flamboyance, Magloire has gone austere.

As recently as last season, you just might have noticed the tattoo on his left bicep, the one that read, "Mister Magloire." Now, there barely is a shadow.

"I got my tattoo in high school, and I was in a different frame of mind," he says after another sweat-drenched workout. "I'm just getting older, a little more conservative. I have a son coming up and just want to lead by example."

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