Basketball

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#POCMedalWatch: Athletes of Color Carry USA to Overwhelming Victory

Our final installment chronicles the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ respective victories and so much more from the Rio Olympics’ final weekend.

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WATCH: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and More Open ESPYs With Anti-Violence Plea

Dwyane Wade: “The racial profiling has to stop. The shoot to kill mentality has to stop. Not seeing the value of Black and Brown bodies has to stop.”

Five New York Liberty players wearing black shirts reading "#BlackLivesMatter" and "#Dallas5" in white text

Players from WNBA's New York Liberty Stand in Solidarity With Police Violence Victims and the 5 Officers Killed in the Dallas Ambush

“Five cops gave their lives up trying to protect a peaceful movement. And in this country, I do believe that you can assemble peacefully and protest against injustice.”

Five Years After Peak 'Linsanity,' Jeremy Lin Still Gets Stopped by Arena Security

“At opposing arenas, it happens all the time.”

#BeLikeDarsh Fights Hate, Celebrates Sikh Basketball Pioneer

Darsh Singh was the first turban-wearing basketball player in the NCAA. After people used his image to create racist memes, #BeLikeDarsh sprung up to promote his legacy. 

Muslim Girls on Minneapolis B-Ball Team Design Culturally Appropriate Uniforms

The girls, who play for a Cedar-Riverside community team, built their new uniforms for speed.

Jeremy Lin on the Loneliness of Asian-American NBA Trailblazing

J.Lin talks race, turnovers, and the Bible verse that’s getting him through.

The NBA's Racism is Structural, Not Just Individual

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson’s racist e-mail is only a symptom of a systemic problem.

10 Incredible Plays from the WNBA's Shoni Shimmel

Taking rezball to a whole new level

Why the Spurs Dribbled Barefoot on Tuesday

The San Antonio team played (and lost) to indigenous youth half their size.

Brittney Griner Says College Coach Told Her To Hide Sexuality

“It was a recruiting thing,” said Griner.

Sherman Alexie, and the 'Homoerotic Extravaganza' of Sports

The Indian American author and basketball enthusiast names what’s really scary for straight men.

Meet Skylar Diggins, the WNBA Draft Pick With Social Media Sex Appeal

Skylar Diggins, the Notre Dame point guard just added to the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, is one of the most talented ballers in the country. In the age of Twitter, will a focus on her appearance become a dangerous distraction?

6 Native American Basketball Facts, Inspired by Louisville's Star Sisters

Basketball is an important part of life Native American communities. And nothing shows that better than the ascendence of Louisville’s Shoni and Jude Schimmel.

A Non-Grotesque Picture From the Hospital Room of Louisville's Kevin Ware

After last night’s victory, Kevin Ware’s teammates went to visit him in the hospital, and they brought the regional championship trophy along with them.

March Madness: Native American Guard Shoni Schimmel Delivers 'One of the Biggest Upsets in History'

For weeks, ESPN has been asking only one question in women’s college basketball: Who’s going to stop Baylor University Brittney Griner?

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

Sure, there are plenty of things to critique about the institution and politics of college basketball. But that doesn’t mean March Madness isn’t exciting to watch. Here, some fun, slightly random facts about this year’s tournament, which starts today.

LeBron James Gives Mom a Shout Out From White House: 'Mama, I made it!'

LeBron James presented Obama with an autographed basketball and had a special message for his ‘mama.’