basketball

Jason Collins Re-Joins the NBA, And We Savor the Moment
February 23, 2014

Jason Collins will become the first openly gay major-sport male athlete tonight. The milestone invites us to think of other milestones.

LeBron James, Our Great American Novel
June 19, 2013

During the fourth quarter of the instant-classic Game Six of the NBA Finals last night (one of the “two or three” best games in NBA history, said Magic Johnson), I flipped over to Twitter—it’s the way we watch now—and refreshed several minutes’ worth

He Square Roots, He Scores
John Hollinger was an ESPN blogger. Now he's an NBA executive on a playoff run.
May 19, 2013

John Hollinger went from ESPN blogger to NBA executive. Now his Grizzlies are on a playoff run.

"I'm Black, and I'm Gay"
Why the first half of Jason Collins' historic statement is as important as the second
April 29, 2013

Why the first half of Jason Collins' historic statement is as important as the second.

The Modest Heroism of Jason Collins
The gay NBA player isn't another Jackie Robinson, but he's brave in his own way
April 29, 2013

The gay NBA player isn't another Jackie Robinson, but he's brave in his own way.

We Are Addicted to Football. It's Time for Rehab.
April 25, 2013

Tonight, the NFL Draft begins—in case you hadn’t heard. The cover of the most recent ESPN The Magazine is dedicated to it, and Sports Illustrated likely would have fronted it, too, had the Boston Marathon bombings not taken precedence.

Basketball Uniforms are Getting Sleeves
Assessing a sports sartorial shift
March 18, 2013

A new breed of basketball jersey is showing up on major college hoops courts—and, bucking tradition, they aren't sleeveless. Our critic asks if they're any good.

The Era of Basketball Diplomacy
Why Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was no fluke
March 12, 2013

Why Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was no fluke.

Empty Garden
April 15, 2009

On the basketball courts of New York City, there may be no truer measure of a player's stature than his nickname. If a player is considered good, then his moniker will be something straightforward: "Pee Wee" if he is short; "Lefty" if he shoots with that hand. But if a player is viewed as great, then his talent can actually inspire poetry. He will be called "Half-Man Half-Amazing" for his superhuman dunks or "Skip to My Lou" for the way he hopscotches down the court as he dribbles past hapless opponents.

Mister Lucky
February 04, 2009

Malcolm Gladwell's fairy tales.

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