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Powerful Eddie Grffin Article

Eddie Griffin

For two weeks, Eddie Griffin had been doing something he'd done only sparingly his whole life: Talk. About himself. He nibbled at the edges at first, describing how his career and his personal life had spiraled out of control. But it was mostly in the safety of group sessions, and never about the stuff that always had him feeling like a dark maw was about to swallow him.

Then Griffin walked into a therapist's office for a one-on-one. That's when he finally opened up about the man who'd introduced him to basketball, taken him in when he couldn't afford to and put him on the right path only to go astray of it himself. The man who, by dying, dropped a world of hurt onto the shoulders of an unprepared 18-year-old.

Eddie Griffin talked about his brother.

He choked out the words through tears he hadn't shed since March 21, 2001, when his cell phone rang on the second floor of a Seton Hall dorm and he learned that his older half-brother, Marvin Powell, was dead of a heart attack at 34.
No posting Insider (or any pay-only) articles please. You can summarize in your own words what the article says, but that's it.
 

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Mental/emotional diseases (addictions, phobias, anxieties, depression, etc) are tricky to deal with, persistent, misunderstood and even stigmatized. They're like viruses that sabotage the minds of otherwise intelligent, talented people. It's a different perspective. There is no such thing as a permanent cure, and medications can be harsh. Success is always temporary; the inner demons are patient and always close by, waiting for an opening to regain control. The late Brian Williams of Bulls and Nuggets fame is one of the more recognizable examples of great potential and talent undermined by depression. Vin Baker, who showed off his talent earlier this season, is fighting a losing battle with alcoholism.

For the talented ones, it's often harder. Their talent pushes them into the challenges and settings most likely to trigger the onset of their disease. As a career baller afflicted with depression, Griffin might be better off playing in a less-pressured environment, perhaps overseas. The NBA, with its intense, multiple pressures and expectations, isn't the healthiest setting for a person fighting depression. But it can't be helped. Griffin's talent and his own hopes and dreams invariably draw him into the NBA.

I worry that Eddie Griffin is taking on too much, too soon by returning so quickly to the NBA. The team needs to provide support services and a nurturing environment. Nets fans should be patient and supportive, and try to minimize as much of the communal pressure as possible. In other words, the greater Nets community should recognize Griffin's life priority is to gain control and get his mind right. That comes before filling in as the 'missing piece' of a championship contender. Fans should accept whatever Griffin gives on the court, when he's ready to give it, rather than hold him to too-high expectations. It's possible, by necessity, he'll contribute very little on the court this season.

Even with the love and support of those around him, Griffin will likely eventually regress in his fight against depression. The NBA is that tough, and it's tougher on the chosen ones like Eddie Griffin. Hopefully, he will prove to be the exception.
 

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I posted this last week in response to an ESPN Insider article jmk was kind enough to show us (. . . before THE MAN took it down). I thought it relevant to renew the perspective in light of today's news about Griffin.

Originally posted by <b>NYCbballFan</b>!
Mental/emotional diseases (addictions, phobias, anxieties, depression, etc) are tricky to deal with, persistent, misunderstood and even stigmatized. They're like viruses that sabotage the minds of otherwise intelligent, talented people. It's a different perspective. There is no such thing as a permanent cure, and medications can be harsh. Success is always temporary; the inner demons are patient and always close by, waiting for an opening to regain control. The late Brian Williams of Bulls and Nuggets fame is one of the more recognizable examples of great potential and talent undermined by depression. Vin Baker, who showed off his talent earlier this season, is fighting a losing battle with alcoholism.

For the talented ones, it's often harder. Their talent pushes them into the challenges and settings most likely to trigger the onset of their disease. As a career baller afflicted with depression, Griffin might be better off playing in a less-pressured environment, perhaps overseas. The NBA, with its intense, multiple pressures and expectations, isn't the healthiest setting for a person fighting depression. But it can't be helped. Griffin's talent and his own hopes and dreams invariably draw him into the NBA.

I worry that Eddie Griffin is taking on too much, too soon by returning so quickly to the NBA. The team needs to provide support services and a nurturing environment. Nets fans should be patient and supportive, and try to minimize as much of the communal pressure as possible. In other words, the greater Nets community should recognize Griffin's life priority is to gain control and get his mind right. That comes before filling in as the 'missing piece' of a championship contender. Fans should accept whatever Griffin gives on the court, when he's ready to give it, rather than hold him to too-high expectations. It's possible, by necessity, he'll contribute very little on the court this season.

Even with the love and support of those around him, Griffin will likely eventually regress in his fight against depression. The NBA is that tough, and it's tougher on the chosen ones like Eddie Griffin. Hopefully, he will prove to be the exception.
 

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There was also an article in ESPN the Mag about him - SuperBowl preview cover. Good read.
 

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Originally posted by <b>RebelSun</b>!
There was also an article in ESPN the Mag about him - SuperBowl preview cover. Good read.
Yep. Its the same one that jmk is referring to in his original post. It is available through ESPN Insider too.
 
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