Author Archives: jbraxtoncooper

Now that we’ve found love what are we gonna do?

Things I Googled during game one of the Spurs vs. Grizzlies: Tim Duncan staring at wall right now Betty Draper fat suit Tony Parker divorce settlement Tony Parker and Brent Barry’s wife Zach Randolph pre-game meal Tim Duncan announces shoe … Continue reading

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NBA Playoffs First Round Wrap-up

Russell Westbrook got injured, Patrick Beverley got death threats, and then everybody sounded the death knell of the Oklahoma City Thunder. David Lee got injured, but that didn’t stop the Warriors from upsetting the Nuggets seemingly because I predicted the … Continue reading

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Jason Collins and the New Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time

Last week, Grantland’s Wesley Morris published a fantastic article about what he called “the quiet queering of professional sports.” In it, he talks about Brittney Griner, the 6’ 8” college phenom and WNBA number one pick who is openly gay, … Continue reading

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NBA Playoffs Opening Weekend Roundup

Old Man Game Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups, Tim Duncan, Andre Miller, Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Ray Allen, and countless others are all in their late 30s and all playing pivotal roles on their respective playoff teams, … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Durant

Until Carmelo Anthony’s recent surge, Kevin Durant had led the league in scoring for most of the season, but early on he was also a close second in another statistical category, trailing only the hyper-volatile DeMarcus Cousins for the number … Continue reading

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Review: Jeff Benedict’s ‘Out of Bounds’

Call it happenstance, call it morbid synchronicity, but I came across Jeff Benedict’s Out of Bounds – a book that bills itself as a “searing indictment” of the NBA and its alleged culture of misogyny and sexual misconduct run rampant … Continue reading

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Burning Questions: what to do about the culture of excess in professional sports

It’s a familiar story, but the numbers are no less mindboggling. Approximately 60% of NBA players are broke within five years after retirement, according to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, and that number is astonishingly higher among NFL players. Just … Continue reading

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