The NBA Is Conflicted Over National Symbols

February 12, 2021

Thanks to a pandemic, the first full season of professional basketball in the US opened in arenas empty of spectators. For the players and staff present, the ritual of playing the national anthem before every game began to appear even more artificial and hyperreal than usual. Mark Cuban, the owner...

Political Behavior and Basketball Correctness

July 20, 2020

Like an elementary school, the United States has a permanent problem defining and enforcing the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. It has reached a point at which every issue becomes focused not on general interest but on individual behavior, largely because the notion of...

The Fame and Death of Kobe Bryant

January 28, 2020

Kobe Bryant’s basketball career was atypical in every way. He started young, did the most amazing things on a basketball court. That included being the only player ever to approach threatening Wilt Chamberlain’s record for points in a game. Chamberlain played all 48 minutes of that game in...