Topic: Aesthetics

January 17, 2014

In a league overcome and obsessed with its own importance, Marshawn Lynch is more than just one of the most productive running backs. He's a reminder that, under all that synergy and messaging, football is a game to play.

December 4, 2012

On Defense, Omer Asik plays with real grace and brilliance. On offense, he is terrified and mostly terrible. What makes him worth watching is how thoroughly, and weirdly, he manages to be both those players at the same time.

June 1, 2012

Everybody wants to talk about saving the Dunk Contest. But there's another part of the dunking lexicon that's gone sorely neglected. 

March 14, 2012

Golden State's breathtaking but flawed guard, has finally been traded. One of the league's most electrifying player, he's also one of its most frustrating—and, if you aren't watching him regularly, one of the most empty and ill-defined. To watch Monta Ellis is to love him. 

January 31, 2012

The Sixers are enjoying a breakout season, with a young nucleus finally starting to come together and click. But the team isn't just winning. They're also making a statement, however subtly, about their city—and the way we view professional athletes.