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ESPN ‘Celtics-Lakers’ 30 for 30 doc equates extraordinary black men with less impressive white men

  • There’s a long-running debate among basketball enthusiasts over who was better, Earvin “Magic” Johnson or Larry Bird. 
  • The debate is inseparable from conversations about the NBA during the 1980s — a struggling, racially-polarized league given new life by the rivalry between Johnson, Bird and their respective teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
  • ESPN charts the feud in a three-part “30 for 30” documentary — Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies — the first two episodes of which aired Tuesday night. The film is both nuanced and deliberate in documenting how race factored into the rivalry. 
  • But its conceit is rooted in a fallacy. Johnson, who is black, outmatched Bird by every notable metric — even as fans scrambled for a white foil who could match the Laker star’s brilliance.
  • It’s time to stop placing these men on equal footing, as if Johnson didn’t spend the decade demolishing his white opponent. Bird was a great player. But the '80s belonged to Magic. Read more (Opinion)

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The Only Man Who Can Stop Steph (ESPN):

[…] “I am not throwing away my … shot,” Steph belts out, followed by the whoosh of leather hitting twine. “I am not throwing away my … shot.” Another swish.

Curry has just seen Hamilton in San Francisco. Not having known much about it going in, he was entranced by the production and has since embraced “My Shot” as an anthem (“for obvious reasons,” Steph explains with a smile).

Hamilton uses “shot” as a metaphor for opportunity. And there the parallels between man and musical end. Alexander Hamilton, or at least the stage version of him, is a selfish jerk whose arrogant undoing causes his wife to belt, “I hope that you burn.” Meanwhile, Curry might lead the league in G-rated, adorable portrayals of his marriage on social media. But while he has little in common with the Hamilton of Hamilton, after a night at the Orpheum Theatre with his wife, Ayesha, he’s feeling an ambitious ode to reclaiming what’s his. […]

Steph Curry Found His ‘Shot’ Again This Season Thanks To Inspiration From ‘Hamilton’ (Uproxx):

[…] Curry saw Hamilton on the heels of three straight Warriors losses. He famously did not dress against the Spurs on March 10, but the two previous games saw him go just 3 of 17 from behind the arc. After Hamilton and what had to be a very quick iTunes purchase, Curry’s game from distance slowly improved.

Curry shot 6 of 8 from three in a win over Milwaukee on March 18. He went 7 for 12 against Oklahoma City on March 20 in another win. As Curry got right, the Warriors won 14 straight to finish out the month of March, and dropped just one game before cruising into the postseason back in championship form.

So there you have it. Lin-Manuel Miranda can fix basketball superstars, too. The man really is magic.

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Did you Guys Know Lonzo Got Arrested?!

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People who claim they don’t watch the WNBA because it’s not good basketball do not know what they are talking about. Maybe it’s true that the women don’t play above the rim much, but if the San Antonio Spurs taught you anything as they dismantled the Heat (on the court and quite possibly, as a team–we’ll see what free agency brings), it’s that great fundamental basketball with screens, cuts, and precision passing can be incredibly exciting. Someone you should watch? Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream. She was straight beastmode playing for the University of Louisville, and those skills have translated nicely to the WNBA.  Upon joining the Atlanta Dream, McCoughtry soon made a name for herself as an outstanding scorer with excellent penetration and a penchant for drawing the foul. After grabbing Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, she went on to finish third and second in points per game for 2010 and 2011 respectively. She also led the league in free throw attempts twice. On September 8, 2010, McCoughtry set an WNBA playoff record with 42 points in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Liberty. In Game 1 of the 2011 WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx, she set Finals records for most points in a quarter (19) and most points in a game (38).  I know she missed a dunk that one time…but I wouldn’t bet against her. At 6'1" and 160 pounds, she has a body built to fly.

'Samurai Jack' Wins Big On Adult Swim as 'Dragon Ball Kai' Falters

‘Samurai Jack’ Wins Big On Adult Swim as 'Dragon Ball Kai’ Falters

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The return of Samurai Jack after thirteen years away was well met this past Saturday as the debut episode did 1.55 million viewers at the 11pm hour, making for a very strong showing that must delight the network. Unfortunately, that seems to have made a hit on the Toonami block that follows. While we usually get three or four Toonami shows listing in the top twenty-five rankings, this week has just one show making the list with the midnight showing of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters. And it had a 200,000 viewership drop from its 1.1 million last week to just 900,000 this week. While no data is available, one can reasonably expect that other shows that night took a hit as well.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 11, 2017

Source: The Nielsen Company

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