Sam Riches is a writer with an interest in sports and culture. He lives, sometimes, in Whitehorse, Yukon and sometimes in Toronto, Ontario. He tweets, mostly about basketball and bicycles, here: @Sam_Riches.
Vince Carter has outlasted a great many of his peers, if also outlasted himself in some ways. His greatest moment, the career-defining dunk over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics, will outlive him.
Robert Swift was one of the last prep-to-pro big men before the NBA instituted its one-and-done rule. He never became the player he might have become, and was paid a lot of money for a few years of nondescript basketball. And now he's all the way gone.
The long fight for equality in South Africa is the struggle that has defined Nelson Mandela's life. So it makes sense that boxing was Mandela's greatest sporting passion, although it's a little more complicated than that.
Canada's Yukon Territory is 30,000 miles larger than California, and populated by all of 35,000 souls. Whitehorse, the province's remote capital, has become home to thousands of Filipinos in recent years, and one very popular and important basketball league. It's a tough place to call home, but the hoops help.
Delonte West, who is still an effective player and just 29 years old, is unemployed for reasons that have little to do with basketball, and much to do with things basketball people don't much like talking about.