The Last Dance, ESPN’s highly touted series on Michael Jordan, is not a documentary. It’s a ten-hour exercise in mythmaking that gives Jordan one more chance to sell the corporate product that always mattered to him most: himself.
Matthew Miranda writes about the NBA and EPL for SBNation and FanSided, and teaches writing for Stony Brook University.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey might get fired for tweeting in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters. For all the NBA's liberal pretenses, it's a reminder that the league — and woke capital as a whole — really cares about profits, not principles.
Ultrarich assholes act like kings that can subject workers to whatever petty indignities and abuses they want. That’s why billionaire Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens put his hands on basketball worker Kyle Lowry.
High Flying Bird reminds us the NBA “family” is beyond dysfunctional; it’s malevolent. And it challenges us to imagine a different sort of league.
The NBA salary cap doesn’t benefit players or the fans — it lines the pockets of billionaire team owners.
As long as no one risks the league’s power or profits, the NBA can sell politics all the way to the bank.