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Author Archive for Andrew Lawrence

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What if police violence was scrutinized as ruthlessly as athletes’ errors?

Meaningful change would be holding law enforcement to the same impossible standard that athletes are duty boundThirty-three weeks. That’s how long it had been since the Milwaukee Bucks walked away from a playoff game against the Orlando Magic. That boy…

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Russell Westbrook: the NBA’s leader in triple-doubles and misguided critics

The incandescent Wizards star and future Hall of Famer plays not for his legacy, but for the moment. The reward is the workThe hot-take ecosystem in sports is unforgiving and relentless. There can be no waffling or clinging to the fence. There can only…

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James Jordan’s murder was about more than the death of a superstar’s father

New documentary reexamines the 1993 killing of the NBA legend’s father and finds it tells us much about contemporary AmericaThe abridged version of the Michael Jordan story goes something like this: Carolina boy misses the cut for his high school team,…

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How LaVar and LaMelo Ball outsmarted the student-athlete industrial complex

The NBA’s most notorious father gave plenty of prophecies that failed to come true. But it’s hard to argue his plans for his youngest son haven’t worked outLate last Sunday, as we the punters were still smarting from the chaos of the NCAA tournament’s …

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Nikola Joki?: from EuroLeague reject to the NBA’s center of attention

The Serb was an afterthought when he was drafted in 2014. Since then he has helped evolve a position that some thought was becoming obsoleteEarlier this week the Denver Nuggets visited the Milwaukee Bucks for a dog-day NBA clash that few could have pre…

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Moses Fleetwood Walker: editor, author and major league baseball’s first black star

Before Jackie Robinson dared to cross baseball’s color line in the spring of 1947, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker – the pioneer that time always forgetsSecond-degree murder was the charge that they gave him, and his win probability did not look good….

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Moses Fleetwood Walker: editor, author and major league baseball’s first black star

Before Jackie Robinson dared to cross baseball’s color line in the spring of 1947, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker – the pioneer that time always forgetsSecond-degree murder was the charge that they gave him, and his win probability did not look good….

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Michael Jordan’s Daytona 500 debut was as astonishing as his free-throw dunk

The Bulls legend and Bubba Wallace’s black-owned team broke barriers in a sport with a history of intolerance. But Nascar’s redemption is not completeWith one lap left in Sunday’s Daytona 500, Bubba Wallace made his move. Pinned behind 15 cars arranged…

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Eric Bieniemy is head coach material – that he isn’t one is a travesty

This Sunday’s Super Bowl has been shaped by black coordinators. But the top jobs are usually offered to young, white coachesThere was no saucer-eyed staring, no hemming and hawing, no fevered talk about biting off anyone’s kneecaps. But then again Eric…

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Eric Bieniemy is head coach material – that he isn’t one is a travesty

This Sunday’s Super Bowl has been shaped by black coordinators. But the top jobs are usually offered to young, white coachesThere was no saucer-eyed staring, no hemming and hawing, no fevered talk about biting off anyone’s kneecaps. But then again Eric…

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This season may be serial-winner Tom Brady’s most remarkable achievement

Less than 12 months ago the quarterback pitched up on a new team at the age of 42. Now he is within reach of a seventh Super Bowl ringMoments after triumphing in his 14th conference championship game last Sunday, Tom Brady jogged over to the Lambeau Fi…

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This season may be serial-winner Tom Brady’s most remarkable achievement

Less than 12 months ago the quarterback pitched up on a new team at the age of 42. Now he is within reach of a seventh Super Bowl ringMoments after triumphing in his 14th conference championship game last Sunday, Tom Brady jogged over to the Lambeau Fi…

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Hero, villain or troll? Kyrie Irving remains the NBA’s oddest genius

To some the Brooklyn Nets guard is an entitled conspiracy theorist. To others he is a superstar millionaire with a conscienceMidway through the feature film Uncle Drew, the titular character confronts the coach who lured him and his over-the-hill teamm…

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The pure joy of watching Steph Curry return to otherworldly form

The Golden State Warriors guard missed most of last season through injury but he is exactly the right kind of sick at the momentWhen news broke last Friday that Seth Curry had tested positive for the coronavirus, reactions were split. On one side, you …

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HBO’s Tiger highlights curious white space at the heart of golfer’s life

New documentary is a portrait of a man whose unwillingness to speak out on race may be a form of self-protectionThe black Mercedes sedan had two blown tires when police found it idling with its brake lights bright and blinker flashing on the side of an…

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HBO’s Tiger highlights curious white space at the heart of golfer’s life

New documentary is a portrait of a man whose unwillingness to speak out on race may be a form of self-protectionThe black Mercedes sedan had two blown tires when police found it idling with its brake lights bright and blinker flashing on the side of an…

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Emmanuel Acho: ‘White people don’t understand the jurisdiction of black things’

The former NFL player believes uncomfortable conversations are a way of bridging the racial divide. So he wrote a book about themWhat’s in a name? Power, says Emmanuel Acho. Before he was a standout football player turned TV commentator, he was the Nig…

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Athletes and the US election: How a generation of stars got in the game

The sense of purpose around the 2020 presidential race was shaped in no small part by the activism throughout US sportsThey put in the long hours, did all the heavy lifting, prepared like never before – and all in anticipation for the biggest contest o…

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How Naomi Osaka became the improbable, indispensable voice of our moment | Andrew Lawrence

By leveraging her widening platform to bring attention to victims of racial violence during her US Open title run, the 22-year-old delivered a message as powerful as her gameWhen it comes to sporting events that make fashion statements, the US Open giv…

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Athletes have only scratched the surface of their power to bring change

Many have questioned how much concrete change can come from the recent sporting boycotts. But players can change America on many levelsWe are all George Hill – exhausted, dejected and mad as hell, quite frankly. Whether a white ally who has committed t…