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Kobe Bryant Plays for a Destiny He Realized at Age 6

If this weekend’s All-Star Game was a retirement party for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers look pretty dumb giving him $48.5 million over the next two years.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jason Collins

As welcoming as the country has been to Jason Collins, the first openly gay man in major sports, he deserves even more credit than he’s received so far.

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Collins’ Courage

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Biden Weighs In on Torture Report, Senators Face Backlash Over Vote, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s hilarious White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech and top U.S. political figures give their take on NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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‘I’m a 34-Year-Old NBA Center. I’m Black. And I’m Gay’

With those courageous words, longtime NBA player Jason Collins made history Monday by coming out as the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports.

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NBA: How Much for the Jersey Off My Back?

The NBA is debating whether to sell ad space on its players’ jerseys, according to a report in the SportsBusiness Journal.

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Russian Billionaire Throws In to Challenge Putin

He’s a high-rolling billionaire bachelor who owns the New Jersey Nets, and now Mikhail Prokhorov says he’s aiming to take down the biggest player in Russian politics by running against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the presidency next March.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


NBA Super Committee

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Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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NBA: We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When

Professional basketball players Monday responded to NBA Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum to accept a bad offer from team owners or face a worse one by dissolving their union in order to sue the league for billions of dollars. (more)

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Lockout

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NBA Cancels First Week of Preseason Games

The NBA on Friday announced the cancellation of 43 preseason games and postponed training camps amid a stubborn labor standoff between the players union and the league over salaries. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE



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We Can Live Without Leagues

If bad times bring out the best in ordinary people, sports labor brings out the worst in the privileged lives of owners and players.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Anti-Gay Slur Costs Bulls’ Noah $50,000

The NBA fined Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah $50,000 for calling a fan “faggot” during Sunday’s Eastern Conference Finals game against the Miami Heat. Noah apologized immediately after the game. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers was fined twice as much in April for directing the same word at a referee. (more)

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Puts Lakers to Work in D.C.

These guys enjoy a good deal of pampering as it is, and thus President Obama apparently felt no remorse in enlisting Kobe Bryant and his fellow NBA champs from the Los Angeles Lakers to spend a day serving the D.C. community rather than resting on their nest of laurels.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE



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NBA Leads Sports in Diversity

Professional sports have long had a disconnect between the players and management where diversity is concerned, so hats off to the NBA for setting an example for baseball, football and that weird boring ice game. The basketball league scores an A in both racial and gender diversity, with women sitting at 44 percent of the desks in league offices.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


‘Los Suns’ Protest Immigration Law

The Phoenix Suns pro basketball team will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys—in part to protest their home state’s anti-immigrant law. Steve Nash, the team’s star (and an immigrant himself), explains rather eloquently why he opposes the law.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



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All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



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All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Picks Lakers in 6

Dress the White House in purple and gold, the president is backing Los Angeles in the NBA finals. It’s probably because of his uncommonly good taste and high basketball IQ, but it could also have something to do with the 39 percentage points by which he won Los Angeles in the presidential election.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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NBA Ballers Responding to Strong Euro

Last week it was Budweiser that was sold to the Europeans, this week it is the NBA that fell victim to a global economic shift that’s seen the dollar nose-dive vis-à-vis the euro. Respected young forward Josh Childress accepted a fatter offer from a Greek club than the one his U.S. team reportedly was making. He may not be the last.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week:  Baron Davis

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Baron Davis, not just because he played a crucial role in steering the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA playoff victory in 16 years, but, more important, because he has used his celebrity status to draw attention to key issues such as the underrepresentation of African-Americans at top-notch universities.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Amaechi Opens Up Online

John Amaechi chatted with fans and readers on washingtonpost.com
today, fielding questions about his NBA experiences, his buzz-magnet memoir, “Man in the Middle,” and his decision to come out after leaving pro basketball. 

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: Outsports on Gay Athletes, Hardaway’s Homophobia and More

Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer are joined by special guest Cyd Zeigler Jr. of outsports.com. Zeigler sounds off on athletes in the closet, the myth that keeps them there and why the homophobic tirade of Tim Hardaway (right) was a good thing.  At left is John Amaechi, whose disclosure prompted Hardaway’s remark.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Retired NBA Player Comes Out

John Amaechi has become the first current or former NBA player to come out of the closet, and only the sixth such professional athlete from the four major American sports to do so. The former center for Orlando, Utah and Cleveland has written a memoir in which he describes life in the NBA as he started to open up about his sexuality, including mixed reactions from his team’s owner, coach and players.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


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