Podcast / Edge of Sports / Aug 16, 2023

Basketball Butterfly Effect: The 2003 NBA Draft

On this episode of Edge of Sports, basketball savant Arya Shirazi joins the show. 

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Basketball Butterfly Effect Part III: MJ in Portland? | Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin
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This week on the Edge of Sports Podcast, part three of our discussion with basketball savant Arya Shirazi about basketball butterfly effects. This time we're talking what would have happened if Michael Jordan, on draft night in 1984, had not been drafted by the Chicago Bulls and had instead been selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Also we have words about the controversy surrounding Michael Oher and the Blind Side.

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Carmelo Anthony attends a 2023 NBA Summer League game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Charlotte Hornets at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 11, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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On this week’s episode of Edge of Sports, we speak to basketball savant Arya Shirazi about what could have happened if the Detroit Pistons had drafted Carmelo Anthony instead of Darko Milicic in 2003. It would have been a profound basketball butterfly effect.

I also speak about the USWNT getting bounced from the World Cup.

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Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin is the sports editor at The Nation. He is the author of 11 books on the politics of sports. He is also the coproducer and writer of the new documentary Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL.

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