Category Archives: Basketball

Dirk Nowitzki: harassment and assault claims against Mavericks are 'heartbreaking'

  • SI report details allegations of violence within franchise
  • Owner Mark Cuban has launched independent investigation

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has expressed his dismay after a Sports Illustrated investigation alleged the franchise is a hostile workplace for women.

The story detailed how one team employee had a history of violence against women within the organization while former CEO Terdema Ussery was alleged to have sexually harassed a number of colleagues. One former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men” within the team. None of the allegations were against the playing staff.

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Film about US v USSR basketball final breaks Russian record

Going Vertical, portraying Soviet victory at 1972 Olympics, is Russia’s highest-grossing movie

A film about an Olympic basketball showdown between the Soviet Union and the US has broken records in Russia, at a time when the country’s sports are mired in a doping scandal and relations with Washington are at a low point.

Going Vertical shows Soviet players claiming victory over the US in the final of the 1972 Munich Games, but skirts around the fact that the Americans never accepted defeat because of allegations of incorrect refereeing.

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How serious a threat are Steph Curry’s ankle injuries to his career?

The Warriors are looking as strong as ever this season but there is real concern about the long-term health of one of the NBA’s finest players

Call it a tweak or a slip or a mild sprain. But really, call it like it is, time to worry. When Steph Curry folded his ankle against the Pelicans on 4 December, there was concern. Barely a month later, after a slip and a tweak in a shootaround, that worry turned into something else, real concern about the long-term health of one of the NBA’s finest players.

For basketball players, in an occupation that has them jumping and cutting in a forest of long legs and feet, ankle sprains are almost part of the job. For Curry and the Warriors, after two ankle surgeries and countless sprains, the two recent injuries represent something much more serious than wins and losses. While Curry has played in 78 games or more each season since 2011-12, there was a time when his right ankle problems put his NBA future in doubt.

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Donald Trump has just started on his aim to be the only game in town | Bryan Armen Graham

US sport – from NFL to basketball and Olympic skiing – is caught up in actions of a president unafraid, and determined, to change the rules

Sports and politics have always existed at a very public intersection in the United States, but you would be hard-pressed to recall a time when the illusory firewall keeping them apart was more nakedly exposed.

Over the past year Trump has co-opted American sports as not merely a proxy battle in the culture wars that reflect a country’s deep divides but the primary theatre. It is fair to say there was no more influential sports figure this year than the president, whose bellicose rhetoric and crisp volume counterpunching have had far-reaching effects on the industry (ask Papa John’s) and compelled sports people, in a sharp break from the “Republicans buy sneakers, too” indifference of a previous generation, to speak on social issues with a frequency and ardour not seen since the high water mark of athlete activism of the 1960s, when champions such as Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul‑Jabbar risked their livelihoods to stand on the frontline of the civil rights movement.

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NBA website changes Palestine definition after Israeli minister’s letter

NBA deletes phrase ‘occupied’ after Miri Regev says it is at odds with Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Israel’s far-right sports and culture minister has taken credit for the US National Basketball Association’s decision to remove the description “occupied” from its depiction of Palestine on its website, despite the fact that the phrase describes the internationally recognised legal status of the Palestinian territories.

The NBA’s site originally listed “occupied Palestine territories” and at time of writing had deleted the word “occupied” at the instance of two Israeli ministers, one of whom suggested they were in fact part of Israel.

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