Tags: Basketball

LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

It has been almost a decade since the last time LeBron James faced widespread backlash. Fans in Cleveland burned his jersey. They threw rocks at a billboard with his face on it. James was maligned as a narcissist by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a letter that was widely mocked. And…

An Academic Take on Sports Rivalries

When the Eagles face the Cowboys on Sunday and the Patriots face the Jets on Monday night, two fierce N.F.L. rivalries will be renewed. But where do they rank among all the bitter rivalries in North American sports? Any list of “greatest sports rivalries” is bound to be disputed. Make such a list, and be…

It’s Winner-Takes-All in the W.N.B.A.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — In the W.N.B.A. finals, where almost nothing has been constant, the Connecticut Sun’s 90-86 win on Tuesday over the Washington Mystics provided a window into what each team will need to do to earn that final victory in Game 5. The two rosters, each with innumerable options to take over a game,…