Dear Kids, When Michael "Magic" Johnson was asked to speak to the graduating class of his HS alma mater, he told those African American kids something profound. Back then he was the idol of each and everyone who watched the NBA. But he told the graduating class that his deepest wish is that they do not follow his lead and instead he hoped that they will become doctors, lawyers, engineers instead of being NBA players. He is practically telling them, "Hey, hit the books instead of just shooting hoops. Education is more important than winning championships." It's like he's telling them that they deserve to be much better than him.
Ask the average african american pupil nowadays, they will only give you a puzzled stare when you ask them if they idolize Michael Johnson (they will think you got the name wrong since they are more familiar with Michael Jordan). and who is their idol these days? Who do they want to be when they grow up? They want to be like Barack Obama.
They are way past idolising hs graduate nba players. They've grown up.
When you ask filipino kids nowadays who their Idol is, I bet 9 in 10 will say they idolize Manny Pacquiao and would like to be like him when they grow up.
surely, our kids deserve somebody much better.