You may not have noticed -- as you are likely not 80 years old -- but basketball, like the rest of the country, has slowly moved west over the past 50 years. And it's not just the West that's producing more players, as the football producing states of the South now seem to be exporting more cagers than ever before. What does this all mean and where does it all end? We're sure we'll figure it out.
In January of 1955, a then-fledgling Sports Illustrated sent William Faulkner to a Rangers/Canadiens game at the old Madison Square Garden. The resulting essay is brief, great, and exactly as Faulkner At A Hockey Game as you'd expect.
Like college football players and cowboys, basketball players have a tendency to come from very specific places at very high rates for reasons that go beyond demographics. In this installment of Maps on Maps on Maps, we'll look at most of the wheres and some of the whys of player development in the United States.
It may be uncomfortable to think about, but professional basketball players -- like any entertainers -- are essentially commodities; shipped from here to there like very tall stalks of televised corn for us to watch. But comparative advantage has taught us that sometimes, some places are just better than others at making certain products and basketball is no different. Over the few days, we'll look at where basketball players come from and where they go from there.
In the fifth installment of our ongoing series on Bob Hope's endearingly baffling college football zingers, we intersect the time-space-Hope continuum in the year 1989, with Nick Fury impostor Andre Ware, speed demon Rocket Ismail and apparent anti-abortion activist Tripp Welborne.
Derrick Rose is a great player, and his injury was indeed a big deal. But the attempt by Adidas to turn him and his recovery into a Cause We All Can Believe In just feels... well, dumb, but also kind of sad.
Basketball is a growing thing in Turkey. And given that basketball is often used as a trope to bring underprivileged minority communities together in America,. it should be no surprise that it can do the same elsewhere. Energetic lanky kids need something to do indoors the world over, and it only takes a clever person and a bouncy orange ball to do that.
In the fourth installment of our ongoing series on Bob Hope's gently baffling and profoundly cornball college football zingers, we rejoin our hero in the year 1984, when George Orwell's dystopian vision of a Brigham Young national championship was realized, and Bob met future star Billy Sims, future pro wrestling bad-ass Ron Simmons, and Steve McMichael, who was sort of both.