First published in the Spring 2015 print edition, as part of “Haitian Descendants Among the Stars” Vol. 1
The NBA is a war ground! Of course, there are strict rules and regulations to keep the band of tough men in order, yet it is definitely a battle zone with teams trying hard to beat each other. In this power game, persistence and heart always seems to win. It is a game of tough
courage, and only a true heart can inspire that. So the Rams plundering the Washington Redskins 24-0 likely did have something to do with the Rams players sporting the powerful ‘I can’t breathe’ message! Has he heart?
Although it’s a little off-topic here, it makes sense because Dalembert has shown himself to be an athlete with true heart. His humanitarian side came out at its best during the relief efforts for the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Having been brought up in Haiti, Dalembert did as much as he could for the relief. He visited the country twice and pledged $100,000 to UNICEF. In fact, he also won the J.Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2009-10.
However, his humanitarian awards are not helping his performance lately. He has not been very impressive during recent games. Fans are totally ruthless with him, many suggesting the Knicks replace Dalembert with a Free Agent. Reigning views on him range from ‘can’t count on him’, ‘feel free to cut him’, ‘view him skeptically’, ‘he is likely to fade’, ‘leave him on the wire’ and ‘he is a non-factor’.
Apparently, there is totally a devastating earthquake going on in Dalembert’s athletic career and there is no UNICEF here for relief! He is a veteran player with 8 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, one year with the Houston Rockets, 1 year with the Milwaukee Bucks, and a season with the Dallas Mavericks before signing with the NY Knicks. He has been mainly moving around on account of bulk, but without skills this is not much use. Haitian Roots: Dalembert was born in Port-au- Prince, Haiti and lived there for fourteen years before.
Philadelphia 76ers’ Samuel Dalembert, left, hugs Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, as he presents her with a check for $100,000 to aid relief efforts in Haiti before an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Hatian Deeds: Dalembert decided to travel to Haiti to help with relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He also pledged $100,000 to UNICEF. He won the 2009–10 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his contributions to Haitian people after the earthquake. Since the disaster, Dalembert has continued to be involved in the Haitian recovery.