Topic: Michael Jordan

November 15, 2013

A photo of Michael Jordan, wearing a Michael Jordan-themed t-shirt and playing beer pong, is maybe not quite worth a thousand words. But what words it's worth are... well, wondering why he's doing that.

June 6, 2013

Neil Gaiman once wrote that writers are liars. I respectfully disagree. Writers, like most people, are salesmen. Michael Jordan certainly is. He sold the idea that winning could bring happiness, that work was art and mattered more than life itself. The problem is he bought his own sales pitch. We all did.

April 23, 2013

It was subversive enough for LeBron James when LeBron James declined to become The Next Jordan. What he's doing both to the game and the idea of basketball narrativity right now is even more so.

September 5, 2012

Guarantees, from Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan, are a huge part of sports lore. They're also everywhere, of late, issued by big-talking NFL wide receivers before meaningless Week 7 games, and showing up in newspaper ads taken out by brash offensive lineman. Can a sports guarantee still mean anything when everyone's making one?

June 23, 2012

There's no denying LeBron James, if there ever was. So why the incredibly powerful urge to do so? It's not the players, as it turns out. It's the game.

February 17, 2012

Michael Jordan is a year older and probably not a year nicer or more bearable today. To celebrate, we unearth a Free Darko Klassic about playing a game of H.O.R.S.E. with the greatest, saddest player of all time.

February 10, 2012

J. R. Smith is this close to being done in China, which means the NBA's great sower of chaos will soon be back in America. More importantly, he's a free agent, available to the highest bidder—or, if he so chooses, to follow a less conventional career path. 

November 13, 2011

Today’s stars may look up to him, but Jordan isn’t interested in being anyone’s mentor. He’s mostly concerned with making sure none of them approach his accomplishments.