Surviving New York
And so Brooklyn welcomes another pioneering athlete.
Today, it is Jason Collins, a member of the Brooklyn Nets and now the first openly gay player to compete in one of country’s four most popular sports leagues. Nearly 70 years ago, of course, it was Jackie Robinson who came to Brooklyn and made history with the simple but courageous act of putting on a Dodgers’ uniform.
Derek Jeter will be remembered for a lot of accomplishments, but one stands above the rest. He is a modern sports icon that survived New York. Read More
Taking It From The Streets
David Stern presided over a new golden age of professional basketball, an age of superstars, memorable teams, superb rivalries and high visibility. He helped turn the NBA into a global entertainment superpower. Read More
Say goodbye to all the mini-Michaels and little-Lebrons. Read More
Our correspondent sees if she has what it takes to make an NBA dance team. Answer: She doesn’t. Read More
State Senator Malcolm Smith may be facing federal corruption charges, but LL Cool J is cool with it.
The 90s heart-throb, rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles returned to his childhood neighborhood in southeast Queens yesterday to co-host a basketball tournament with the indicted pol, who recently pleaded not-guilty to federal corruption charges for allegedly orchestrating an elaborate scheme to get himself elected mayor.
“The beauty about the American system is that you’re innocent ’til proven guilty,” the rapper told Politicker as he greeted excited fans at the annual basketball event when asked about the scandal.
Blast From The Past
Does it seem super convienent that the day after North Korea started letting its citizens use 3G wireless to tweet and send pictures to each other (that’s what wireless is for, right? God, wait till they find out about Facebook!), Dennis Rodman announced that he had become besties with Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader whose government had invited the Worm and members of the Harlem Globetrotters to shoot a VICE TV show about “basketball diplomacy.” Sure. Is it weird that Rodman is suddenly claiming to be friends with the dictator? Maybe, but come on, the guy’s always found weird partners. Remember that time he dated Madonna?
After over a decade playing and coaching in other cities, Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing might have a shot to return to New York, the home where he spent fifteen seasons building his Hall of Fame career with the Knicks. However, the speculation surrounding Mr. Ewing doesn’t involve his old team, it is centered on the Knicks’ new outerborough rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, who are in the midst of a sudden makeover of their coaching staff and could have newfound room for Mr. Ewing on their bench.
Back in high school, one of my favorite clothing staples was a Knicks jersey adorned with Latrell Sprewell’s number eight. I wistfully remembered this as I pulled a black jersey bearing the same digit from the rack in a Midtown Modell’s last month. This time, the number on my back would represent a player on a different team, Deron Williams, the star point guard of the nascent Brooklyn Nets.
Just a week after sports gossip site Deadspin tore the lid off of the new Brooklyn Nets logo, the team has officially released it.
The logo sheet, above, comes from the team’s official site. In a post by Nets blogger Ben Couch, it’s explained that rapper and Nets investor Jay-Z Read More