Basketball Butterfly Effect: The Forgotten Stars of the NBA’s 1980s
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
1w ago
In this episode, we talk about the truly forgotten players of the NBA, particularly during the 1980s, such a unique era in the history of the NBA, and theorize on why they are not remembered as intently as others.  Zirin, “What the Super Bowl Parade Shooting Has to Do With the Empire of the Gun” https://www.thenation.com/article/society/super-bowl-parade-shooting-guns-colonialism/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-4 ..read more
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Basketball Butterfly Effect: How the Pistons Clawed Their Way to Two Titles
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
2w ago
The 1980s and 1990s were defined by basketball dynasties like the Lakers, Celtics, and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Yet in the midst of this unprecedented stretch of dominance, the Detroit Pistons won two and could’ve very easily won four NBA titles. How did they do it? And why do we discount this incredible accomplishment? Zirin, When Wearing a Sweater Is Antisemitic https://www.thenation.com/article/society/naomi-klein-aaron-rodgers-colin-kaepernick/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | emai ..read more
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Why Haven't the Knicks Won a Championship In 50 Years?
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
1M ago
 New York is the Mecca of basketball. So what explains the city’s inability to score an NBA championship in the last half-century. Arya Shirazi joins the show to talk about this historical oddity. Zirin, What Naomi Klein Taught Me About Aaron Rodgers https://www.thenation.com/article/society/naomi-klein-aaron-rodgers-colin-kaepernick/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE) — Advertising Inquiries: https ..read more
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Basketball Butterfly Effect: Why Didn’t LeBron ever play Kobe in the Finals?
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
1M ago
Kobe Bryant and Lebron James are two of the most defining players of their generation and NBA history. While a considerable portion of their careers overlapped, the two never met in the NBA finals. Why? What would have happened? Arya and I discuss on this week’s episode.  Zirin, “Will the IOC Do Anything About the Killing of Palestinian Athletes?” https://www.thenation.com/article/society/ioc-israel-palestine-olympics/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.co ..read more
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Basketball Butterfly Effect: Steph Curry & the Knicks
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
3M ago
In Part 6 of our series, Basketball Butterfly Effect, Arya Shirazi joins the show again to discuss the 2009 NBA draft and the Knicks coming close to getting Davidson sharpshooter Steph Curry, the most revolutionary player of his generation. You don’t want to miss this episode! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy ..read more
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Basketball Butterfly Effect: 1993 Draft
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
3M ago
In Part 5 of our series, Basketball Butterfly Effect, Arya Shirazi joins the show again to discuss the 1993 NBA draft and a crucial trade that takes place that changes the course of 90s basketball. You don’t want to miss this episode! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy ..read more
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Trans athletes fight for inclusion in sports & racial economy of college football 
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
4M ago
Inclusion for trans athletes in sports has become a flashpoint in the culture war that extends from schools to international competitions. Katie Barnes joins Edge of Sports to discuss their new book, Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates, which offers one of the most comprehensive views yet on how the struggle for inclusion in the realm of sports has much wider social and political consequences. Dave Zirin also has Choice Words about why the public financing of stadiums is little more than corporate theft writ large. And on Ask a Sports Scholar we have Prof. Tracie Canada to speak abo ..read more
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What makes Deion Deion And Adam Mansbach Makes It Plain
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
4M ago
This week on the pod, we speak to Jean Jacques Taylor author of the new book Coach Prime. With near total access to Deion Sanders program at Jackson State and explains what makes Deion Deion. Also we speak to best selling author Adam Mansbach about his incredible book The Golem of Brooklyn. We also have some ‘Choice Words’ for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the NAIA. Jean-Jacques Taylor Twitter: JJT_Journalist https://www.jjtmediagroup.com/?r_done=1 Adam Mansbach Twitter: @adammansbach https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/737057/the-golem-of-brooklyn-by-adam-mansbach/ Zirin, How DeS ..read more
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Len Bias and the 1980s War on Drugs
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
5M ago
This week on the pod, we welcome back Arya Shirazi to discuss another basketball butterfly effect: what if the NBA had handled the death of Len bias differently? How is that of affected that generation of 1980s players? Zirin, How DeSantis Is Using Sports to Hijack a Florida College https://www.thenation.com/article/society/new-college-sarasota-florida-desantis/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@gmail.com | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 Advertising In ..read more
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Why Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Didn't Stand For The Anthem
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by Dave Zirin / The Nation
5M ago
In the early 90s, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf had a promising career ahead of him in the NBA as an up-and-coming star. That all changed in 1996 when he refused to stand for the US National Anthem and called the US flag a symbol of oppression. The NBA retaliated by suspending him, and Abdul-Rauf spent the next two decades playing exclusively for international leagues.  On this episode of Edge of Sports, Abdul-Rauf looks back on his protest and how engaging the literature of revolutionary icons like Malcolm X influenced his decision. Elsewhere in the episode, Dave Zirin tak ..read more
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