Two former Orlando Magic big men let loose with their literary vibe recently.
Dwight Howard tweeted: "say "eye yam stew peed" 4 times fast y'all gotta try this lol somebody jus got me."
Adonal Foyle released a children's book, "Too Tall Foyle Finds His Game."
Both were targeting younger audiences. Howard's demographics include anyone naïve enough to think he has the maturity and leadership skills to take the Los Angeles Lakers to the next level. Foyle was reaching out to the 3-to-8-year-old crowd, stressing the importance of finding your way in life and embracing the journey.
Without regurgitating all the drama, the "Dwightmare" scenario in 2012 included quite a bit of collateral damage. Foyle, Orlando's director of player development for two seasons, was fired as part of sweeping changes that included a new general manager and coach.
Once also a backup center for the Magic, Foyle is a keeper, whether it's an NBA team or another business wanting to infuse intellect and an engaging personality into day-to-day operations.
What's not to like about a man with a magna cum laude degree from Colgate? A man who has written a stack of poems, has 900 or so bottles of wine in the cellar of his San Francisco Bay area home, and established two foundations? Did I mention that he's also in the Humanitarian Hall of Fame?
Former Magic GM Otis Smith had said of Foyle: "He is the most important player we have on the roster. He's a veteran who can help young guys deal with the ins and outs of basketball as well as the game of life. Basketball is bigger than what we see for those 48 minutes."
Foyle's minutes with the Magic are done, but he's moved on without regret.
He has continued his work spearheading the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which promotes education and health awareness for kids, providing free basketball clinics and other opportunities. The children's book is an extension of those efforts.
The book, co-written by Shiyana Valentine-Williams, chronicles Foyle's journey of discovery while growing up in Canouan, an island in the Grenadines. Too Tall Foyle, the character in the book, tries a bunch of different sports such as soccer and cricket before finding his niche in basketball.
In real life, Foyle became the No. 8 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and played for 12 seasons in the league, starting 269 games during that run.
"Even if you don't make it to the NBA, that journey is important," he said. "Finding a sport, keep working, keep searching for that thing that makes you find yourself. That in itself has its own value."
There's no need to rehash another old theme: The athlete as a role model. Why emulate anybody for their athletic ability? Many athletes — see Lance Armstrong, Michael Vick, Marion Jones, et al — are flawed.
An athlete with an impressive resume beyond the scoreboard is like an extra-credit deal. So consider Foyle a huge bonus, literally and figuratively.
Hold the applause, please. Foyle is a man at work.
He plans to release another book next month focused on the financial perils of professional athletes after they retire and is already developing a follow-up to Too Tall Foyle.
"The cool part is that I am having a lot of parents telling me they are reading to their kids and saying they need more books," Foyle said.
And the NBA?
"The best way to say it is that I'm always available for the right thing," he said.
The adventures of Too Tall Foyle continue. No need to follow him on Twitter. Just go to a library.