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NATE ROBINSON IS DENNIS KUCINICH

Back in February, sports writer Dan Shanoff made the connection between Gilbert Arenas and Barack Obama: “Both are grassroots, internet sensations… Both deliver an aura of accessibility… Both have critics who point to the fact that they are untested on a big time national stage… And then there’s the “Black President” Factor: Obama would like to become the first black president. Arenas actually calls himself ‘The Black President.'”

I guess I must’ve had this article in the back of my mind during Summer League this season because as I watched the Knicks go undefeated, it hit me: Nate Robinson is Dennis Kucinich.

dennis kucinich nate robinson

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CHEERLEADER AIR RAID
September 4, 2007, 5:39 am
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cheerleader desert storm



Clinton’s Midnight Basketball
August 27, 2007, 5:52 am
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We’ll put more police in public housing, crack down on illegal gun trafficking, and fill vacant apartments where criminals hide out. And we’ll provide more programs like midnight basketball leagues to help our young people say no to gangs and guns and drugs.

– President Bill Clinton, April 16, 1994

EPILOGUE: One of Bob Dole’s most-ran campaign ads in 1996 attacked Clinton’s inner-city midnight basketball program initiative, which cost (according to Dole) $76 million. The ads called the program, among other things, “a subtle and sickening appeal to racism.” The midnight basketball program was eventually scrapped.

midnight madness!



UNTOUCHABLE

Between 1967 and 1970, in a swampy dream of rural Louisiana, Greg Procell set the national high school scoring record: 6,702 points. It’s a stat that puts the unknown Procell into the company of names like Chamberlain and DiMaggio. His senior year at Ebarb High, he lit it up for 46.7 a game. Procell was Choctaw-Apache, and stood at only 5-11. Legend has it that as a kid, he learned how to shoot by throwing his dad’s empty beer cans into an empty foot tub. Procell grew, and his father built him a scrap-wood hoop and backboard. The backyard, perched at the edge of the woods, became Procell’s home court. At night he soaked pine knots with kerosene and lit them on fire, so that he could practice in the dark.

GREG PROCELL



HOW DOES IT FEEL?

Overtime. Score deadlocked. Virginia basketball. 17 seconds on the clock in the biggest basketball game ever played in the brand new John Paul Jones arena. The Wahoo faithful are on their feet. The nine-game losing streak to the despised Duke Blue Devils is finally poised to end. With one second left, Cavalier superstar point guard Sean Singletary hits a falling one-handed floater over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-10 Duke forward Josh McRoberts. The arena explodes into mayhem and Singletary looks right at the camera, a moment that will be No. 1 on Sportscenter that night. There’s no hesitation in the stands. Everyone knows it’s time to rush the court for the first time in the arena’s history. As the buzzer sounds, we stream from the stairwells onto the hardwood; students, alumni and even adolescent kids pour onto the court at the John. It doesn’t matter who you’re next to – every fan is your best friend at that moment. Belting out the Good ‘Ole Song with thousands of orange-clad fanatics around you – that memory will never fade.

by Jeremy Root

Rushing the court



MAD STATELY
July 24, 2007, 7:19 pm
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Cue the supervillain music.


RIP HAMILTON MASK



WARRIORS: OH SNAP!!
April 23, 2007, 8:41 am
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IT’S GOING DOWN!

WARRIORS PLAYOFF RUN