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December 20, 2021
NBA and NFL to America: Drop Dead
The major sports leagues have decided that the show must go on, body count be damned.
December 1, 2021
Enes Kanter Freedom: The NBA Authoritarian Against Authoritarianism
By attacking LeBron James and appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show, the NBA player has taken his causes and delivered them into the arms of the right wing.
October 26, 2021
Why the Knicks of the ’90s Are a Timeless Team
Author Paul Knepper explains why that classic lineup remains an obsession for so many.
October 25, 2021
Kyrie Irving Needs to Say “Not In My Name”
The right wing is now using the basketball star’s name as an anti-vaccine rallying cry.
September 30, 2021
Being “Pro NBA Player” Means Being Pro-Vaccine
For NBA players, like everyone else, getting vaccinated is about solidarity.
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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.