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ESPN The Magazine
9 min read
Sports

The Best Of Both Worlds

RANK 8 KEVIN DURANT COUNTRY USA TEAM WARRIORS ENDORSEMENTS $36M FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS 10.3M TWITTER FOLLOWERS 15.5M He chose the house in the hills because it provided the most expansive view: the Bay, the bridge, his new city, his new home. But now Kevin Durant feared it would be just another vantage point to sustain him through yet another injury. It had all been going so well too. Fifty-eight games into his maiden voyage with Golden State, he’d been averaging a tidy 25.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, shooting a career-high 53.8 percent. It was Feb. 28, a date he’d circled on his calendar—th
ESPN The Magazine
14 min read
Sports

Speak It Into Being

IT’S BEEN, WHAT, SIX MONTHS SINCE THE WORLD MET LAVAR BALL AND HIS BROOD OF BIG BALLERS? And already most basketball fans would recognize their big house in this upscale tract-housing community about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles. There’s the double-rimmed basketball hoops rising from the solid white concrete fence in the backyard. The fake grass out front (you try keeping the real stuff going once it gets hot in the summer). The collection of luxury cars that LaVar bought for his three sons so they wouldn’t be swayed when someone else tried to impress them with wheels. And, of course, t
NPR
9 min read
Sports

There May Not Be Flying, But Quidditch Still Creates Magic

When Colby Palmer started his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University, some students approached him in his dorm and asked whether he wanted to play quidditch. Palmer had read all of the Harry Potter books and knew about the sport but said he felt reluctant to try it out. "My impressions of quidditch was just that it's for nerds by nerds — that they wouldn't be like people who I would find things in common with," Palmer says. Despite his hesitations, Palmer did give it a try and found he loved it and the community. Now, he's heading into his senior year at VCU and is spending the summ
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Gut instinct vs. big data…

Does incorporating data analysis take away from the art of sports, or does it sweeten the taste of victory? This “Moneyball”-esque tale about the MLB Pirates puts in the hard work & examines the raw data to find out.