This fall I started a Master's program in Planning at USC. This project is part of a semester-long treatment of the Dodger Stadium site. It's important to remember, as an offramp lifts you from the 110 and guides you onto a newly repaved incline, which will take you to a parking lot, where you will … Continue reading An audio-visual geography of Chavez Ravine
For VICE Sports, I reviewed the newly open-to-the-public Sports Museum of Los Angeles and interviewed its founder, curator, and owner of its delightful collection of baseball memorabilia. I wound up writing about its unique approach to baseball history. It's open all day on Saturdays--definitely worth checking out.
Ever since the 76ers purchased an esports team I've been following venture capital in sports more closely. I got to do some background work on it in the course of researching a profile of an Israeli startup called WSC, which I did for the Jewish Journal. WSC automates highlight production for the NBA, Champions League, and … Continue reading Sports venture capital and WSC
For VICE Sports, I wrote about the complex and changing hoop ecosystem at the Drew League. What responsibility does a pro-am league that meets in South Central LA have to stay local as business takes off? And for the Jewish Journal, I considered one aspect of coaching bar mitzvah-aged kids at the JCC Maccabi Games. When does a Modern Orthodox … Continue reading Two new things.
For VICE Sports, I wrote about rehoming Dwight Howard, who has plenty of basketball left. I couldn't fit this anywhere in the article, but Dwight has my favorite dunk contest dunk of the last ten years. I like it because it's relatively obscure, but also because it's one of the most original prop-free dunks -- with no … Continue reading Superman, Looking For Work: On Dwight Howard’s 2016 Free Agency
I was never hyped up as the best high school basketball player in the country, and I also didn't play high school basketball beyond our intramural leagues, so a disproportionate amount of what I've gleaned about life as a top recruit comes from watching He Got Game. I asked Josh Jackson how far off I was, and some other … Continue reading A conversation with Josh Jackson, who’s ready to break out at Kansas
1.3 million people showed up at the biggest party the state of Ohio has ever seen to celebrate LeBron James and his band of Cavaliers, who together brought Cleveland its first championship in 52 years. It looked like fun: Kevin Love had WWE title belts slung over both shoulders, Kyrie Irving flung his strapback into the crowd as it roared in adulation, and … Continue reading The Cavs’ Championship Parade Was Also a Celebration of Black Bodies
Before the Clippers' last home game of the 2015-2016 season, I went to their locker room and found surprisingly good vibes. Then they lost the next two games and met elimination, and I wrote about their revelation, which came necessarily late.
For VICE Sports, I wrote about J.J. Redick, supremely watchable but wholly unrelatable. I made some .gifs for this. Here's one that I liked, but didn't make the cut:
I made my first foray into sportswriting over at VICE Sports with this piece on race, class, city politics, and the professional basketball franchise in the middle of it all. Read it here. I lived in Wisconsin for two years after I graduated college. It wasn't quite Wallace Stegner's Wisconsin, but it wasn't really Scott Walker's Wisconsin either. It didn't … Continue reading Cheering Together, Drifting Apart: The Future of Basketball in Milwaukee