Big Cat's Corner | Winning... and Misery
Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Big Cat's CornerSometimes “losing” isn’t even a strong enough word to describe the emotions you feel after you have failed to reach a goal. As far as I’m concerned…there’s winning, and then there’s misery.

Yes, misery. It is as horrible and heart-breaking as it sounds. Dramatic…maybe, but I can not and will not ever be able to accept losing. Sometimes it’s unrealistic to expect to win everything all the time…but it is the goal. It is always the goal.

Anyone who has a truly competitive spirit and personal ambition knows that winning is the only acceptable outcome. To win is expected. To lose is a miserable feeling. Haunting even!

Big Cat's Corner | Sports & The Spectacle
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Big Cat's CornerA friend of mine, when speaking to my father Garth after a recent game, commented on the particularly busy schedule of this NBA season. Back-to-back games, frequent travelling, and a hectic routine as a result. My dad simply replied: “Well, it’s his work!” Regardless of what the circumstances were, he knew that every day I had to wake up… and do my job.

Unfortunately, sometimes there is a thin line between doing your job and returning home (or to a hotel) to rest… and then there’s doing your job, and getting caught up in a spectacle along the way!

If you’re not careful, that spotlight can catch you in the worst way. I’ve had a few mini-predicaments in my past, most of which were definitely exaggerated, falsely reported, or unnecessarily highlighted.

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.

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