1. NBA Finals 2012: Why Sonics Fans Will Never Accept OKC Thunder's Success

    We Sonics fans knew this day was coming. We knew it back in 2008, that stinking, rancid, lame-duck year when we saw flashes of Kevin Durant ’s future dominance just as the powers that be inexorably moved to steal away the team to Oklahoma...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about 2 years ago 36,824 reads 340 comments

  2. How Michael Jordan Became the First Modern African-American Superstar Athlete

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 8,950 reads 19 comments

  3. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird: The Rivalry That Transformed the NBA

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 10,138 reads 6 comments

  4. Spencer Haywood, the NBA Draft and the Legal Battle That Shaped the League

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 2,567 reads 3 comments

  5. Bill Russell, Civil Rights Hero and Inventor of Airborne Basketball

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 5,512 reads 3 comments

  6. Fast Break Basketball: How a Black Coach Revolutionized the Game

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 2,942 reads 4 comments

  7. Jackie Robinson, NBA Style: Earl Lloyd on Breaking Basketball's Color Line

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 1,524 reads 0 comments

  8. Rucker Park, Harlem: The Wall Street of Playground Basketball

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 5,891 reads 11 comments

  9. Harlem Globetrotters: Godfathers to the NBA's Best and Flashiest Stars

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James ...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 3,590 reads 11 comments

  10. LeBron James Back to James Naismith: A History of Race and Basketball

    The following is an excerpt from the e-book The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, from James Naismith to LeBron James . The NBA is dominated by African-American stars...

    Doug Merlino Written by Doug Merlino about over 3 years ago 4,130 reads 9 comments