Your favorite NBA player probably has a favorite esports player

Forget on-court stats. With the NBA now a 24/7/365 league, fans want to know what players are doing outside of the 48 minutes on the game clock. The most likely answer? Playing video games.  The average NBA player has a surprising amount of time on their hands. Even if they train for four hours and sleep for eight, that leaves 12 hours of the day. For NBA generations past, this spare time wasn’t always wholesome; going out on the town, ...

I’m a #girldad: How Kobe Bryant is inspiring a new generation of fathers

“I know a girl. She puts the color inside of my world. But she’s just like a maze, where all of the walls all continually change. And I’ve done all I can to stand on her steps with my heart in my hands. Now I’m starting to see, maybe it’s got nothing to do with me.” Those are the opening lyrics to Daughters, from John Mayer’s 2003 album Heavier Things. 2003 was also the year Kobe Bryant became a dad. Kobe ...

The 2010s in the NBA, Part 4: Steph, Harden, and the Western Arms Race

Ed. note: This is the fourth in a series recapping the major NBA trends of the 2010s. View parts one, two, and three. Three is greater than two. It’s basic, rudimentary math (you can look it up). But for the majority of NBA history since the addition of the 3-point shot in 1980, most teams ignored this basic truth in favor of the norms ingrained over generations of play. Post up, get as close to the basket as possible, occasionally take ...

How the 2010s were Star Trek’s hardest decade (and its most rewarding)

Star Trek is one of the most prolific and longest-lasting sci-fi series of all time and has managed to hang onto the public’s imagination in a way few of its contemporaries have. Though the 2010s weren’t easy for the brand, the decade culminated in a full revitalization of the franchise, with two new Star Trek series on the air, and multiple films in development. However, when the decade dawned, Star Trek was on life support. The 2009 reboot had rekindled ...