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NBA news and analysis from The Nation
June 2, 2021
Naomi Osaka and the Growing Backlash Against Athletes Who Dare to Speak Out
Fan violence in the NBA and the French Open crackdown on Naomi Osaka have something glaring in common: the reassertion of power over outspoken Black athletes.
May 26, 2021
New York Needs Trae Young
After the year from hell, New York City awakens to jeer their very own basketball villain.
May 20, 2021
Kyrie Irving’s Comments on Palestine Are a Big Deal
The basketball savant has called for the bombs to stop as well as a new internationalist humanism.
April 30, 2021
Voices Are Raised Against the NBA Launching Its New African League in Rwanda
Human rights groups are concerned that using Rwanda as a backdrop would provide a public relations boost for its autocratic leader.
March 24, 2021
Appreciating the Legend of Elgin Baylor
Baylor changed the way the game was played, on and off the court.
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February 11, 2021
Why Did Mark Cuban Fold?
The controversy over the anthem shows, yet again, that there is nothing “united” about these United States.
January 21, 2021
Kyrie Irving Does Not Have to Be Who You Want Him to Be
He's the epitome of “player empowerment,” much to the chagrin of the NBA and its scribes.
October 20, 2020
Why Are People Watching Less Sports?
Sportswriter Jane McManus joins the show to talk about a new survey on sports viewership
October 16, 2020
NBA Bubble Postmortem
Were NBA players correct to finish their season, given concerns that they would distract from the movements in the streets? I think they were.
October 13, 2020
Bubblicious: What the Bubble Meant for the NBA
NBA scribe Michael Lee joins the show to talk about the Covid Bubble, the NBA Finals, and Lebron’s legacy.