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To Live As Decent Human Beings

Ain’t nothing going to be handed to you on a silver platter, nothing. That’s not just black people, that’s people in general, masses. See, I’m with the masses. So, you don’t ever get nothing,[don't] just walk up and say, “Here

Posted in The BIG Stuff: Race and Economics

Stadiums and the Reality of Image

Yesterday, soon-to-be NBA Commissioner Adam Silver declared the Bradley Center “unfit” for the NBA. Such a declaration is usually the first salvo in shaking down the public purse for private stadiums. The best social defense that Silver could muster for

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A Tale of Two Cities

Los Angeles has been home to the Lakers since the early 1960s and the Clippers since the mid-1980s. For a basketball fan, having two franchises in one city is a situation your hoop runneth over. The Lakers have snagged 11

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Waiting for the Train with Bob Cousy and Chuck Cooper

Over at Grantland today there is the depressing story of Greg Oden’s heart-wrenching personal journey through emotional and basketball rehab. It’s well worth reading and is a reminder that NBA players are persons. Like all of us, they have particular

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Refreshing Martin Luther King’s Dream

Did Howard at least have any good dreams about possibly playing tonight? “Maybe. I had a dream that one day…” Howard said, trailing off as he struggled reciting Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech. – Via Dwight

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Complications and Liberations from Race

This article was originally published February 2012 at the height of “Linsanity” and the day after the whole “chink” debacle at ESPN When prodded about the possibility that some teams in the young N.B.A. did not want a Japanese-American player

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