Enes Kanter Freedom is out of an NBA job [UPDATED]

Featured image Last week, just before the NBA reached its deadline for trades, the Boston Celtics dealt Enes Kanter Freedom to the Houston Rockets. The Rockets then cut the outspoken critic of Red China. Kanter Freedom went to Houston in a multi-player deal. To me it looks like Houston got more value in terms of player personnel than Boston did. The center Boston obtained in the deal, Daniel Theis, has less impressive »

Lebron James again shows his bad faith and stupidity

Featured image Kevin Porter was the point guard on some outstanding Washington Bullets teams in the mid-1970s. He’s a local legend in the D.C. area. Kevin Porter Jr. is the fine young point guard for the Houston Rockets. Like the old Bullet, he’s African-American, but the two are not related. Porter Jr.’s father served prison time in the 1990s for killing a 14-year-old girl. He claimed the gun went off accidentally. He »

Enes Kanter blasts Red China again

Featured image Enes Kanter, fresh off of ripping China for its oppression of Tibet, has now attacked the regime for its treatment of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. In a new video, Kanter, wearing a “Freedom for Uyghur” T-shirt, says: Right now as I speak this message, torture, rape, forced abortions, sterilizations, family separations, arbitrary detentions, concentration camps, political reeducation, forced labor. . .this is all happening right now to more »

Enes Kanter speaks truth to Chinese power

Featured image Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics is a hero. He stood up to the thuggish, repressive regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his native Turkey. His criticism of Erdoğan probably put him in physical danger. Kanter fled Indonesia where he was holding a basketball camp for children, after his manager told him Turkish intelligence agents had been sent to capture him. Now, Kanter has taken on the mother of all »

The NBA, covid, and sportswriting

Featured image It’s an inconvenient truth that resistance to the coronavirus vaccine is relatively strong among Blacks. This reality is too inconvenient to receive much attention from the mainstream media. It would rather talk about resistance among rural Whites. However, the inconvenient truth on this subject cannot easily be suppressed on the sports page. When high profile black athletes refuse to be vaccinated, that’s sports news. And a number of black stars »

Kevin Durant shines

Featured image NBA star Kevin Durant is the pride of Prince George’s County, Maryland. More than that, he’ll likely end up surpassing the legendary Elgin Baylor as the greatest basketball player the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has ever produced. Normally, I root wholeheartedly for athletes from the D.C. area, and I did so for Durant until three things happened: (1) Durant refused even to consider coming home to play for the Washington »

A sports tale for our times

Featured image DeMatha Catholic High School is the dominant basketball power in the Washington, D.C. area. It is one of the top basketball programs in the country. Mike Jones, a Black, has coached DeMatha’s basketball team for the past 19 years. In May, he abruptly announced he was leaving to become an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Two days later, DeMatha named Pete Strickland as its interim basketball coach. He will be »

Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, compare and contrast

Featured image Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr have several things in common. Both are legendary NBA coaches who coached their teams to multiple championship. Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs have won five. Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have won three. Kerr played on two of Popovich’s championship teams. Both are outspoken about politics. Both were severe critics of Donald Trump. I can’t think of any coach in any sport who attacked Trump as vigorously »

Celebrating Russell Westbrook

Featured image Sometimes you don’t know how good a star player is until he comes to a team you follow. That’s certainly true if you’re only a casual fan of his sport, as I am these days when it comes to the NBA. But it can even be true if you follow a sport closely, as I did when Robbie Alomar came to the Baltimore Orioles and blew me away with his »

UCLA’s all-time basketball greats, an embarrassment of riches

Featured image I am delighted that UCLA made this year’s Final Four. It gives me the opportunity to review the Bruins’ great basketball history and to select the program’s top players from an embarrassment of riches. UCLA has won eleven national championships, more than any other school. It won ten of them during a remarkable twelve year run under legendary coach John Wooden. That includes seven consecutive championships from 1967 to 1973. »

The Few, the proud — Gonzaga’s all-time basketball greats

Featured image Until the mid-1990s, Gonzaga basketball was known nationally only for John Stockton having played there. And this slice of fame was based on what Stockton accomplished in the NBA, not on anything that happened at Gonzaga during Stockton’s time in Spokane. But under Don Monson, Gonzaga started to emerge as a regional power. And under Mark Few, who took over in 1999, the Bulldogs (also called the Zags) began their »

Vinnie, Acy, and Chat the Cat: Baylor’s all-time college basketball greats

Featured image Baylor last made it to the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 1950. They lost to Bradley and then to N.C. State in the third place game. For perspective, I was the only Power Liner alive that March. Also, the whole tournament consisted of eight teams and was considered by many to be less prestigious than the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Since 1950, Baylor basketball has had »

The Big E, The Dream, and The Glide: Houston’s all-time college basketball greats

Featured image The Final Four is set for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It features two teams from Texas — Baylor and Houston — and two from the west coast — Gonzaga and UCLA. The east coast, home of the last six champions and 16 this century, has no team in the Final Four. Neither does the Big Ten, which most people considered the strongest conference in the country this year. The »

Creighton basketball team defies woke PC pundits

Featured image I have been following Creighton basketball ever since our friend Dave Begley, with the help of a very nice man in the athletic department, gave me a tour of the school’s basketball facility. That was in November 2015. Earlier this month, Creighton suspended its outstanding coach Greg McDermott. He had told his players, after a tough loss: “Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need »

Remembering Elgin Baylor [UPDATED]

Featured image Before there was Michael Jordan, there was Julius Erving. Before “Dr. J,” there was Elgin Baylor, who died yesterday at the age of 86. When you watch highlights of Baylor, you probably won’t see anything that looks extraordinary. The moves in the old tapes are ones that top players in the NBA and even some in college regularly pull off. But when Baylor entered the NBA in 1958 (for the »

Short takes — “excessive whiteness,” Myles Leonard, and Vanita Gupta

Featured image *Did you know that law schools are now being rated according to their “whiteness”? The rating system determines a school’s “excess whiteness” by comparing the degree to which a law school’s student body is more white than the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) applicant pools and state population. Credentials to study law don’t factor in, of course. “The Whitest Law School Report” found Case Western Reserve University’s law school to »

Where is the best high school basketball played?

Featured image Ask any basketball fanatic in the Washington, D.C. area, and he will say the best basketball is played in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). Of course, if you ask the same question of fans in a dozen or so other cities, they will identify their top league as the nation’s best. Last season (2019-2020), though, the WCAC’s claim had more behind it than just local chauvinism. Consider the way »