Review of Sugar

Rosen, Charley. Sugar: Michael Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA. Lincoln: Nebraska University Press, 2018. Pp. 192. $24.95 hardcover and ebook. Reviewed by Cat Ariail During his tumultuous tenure as general manager of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson often appeared to air his grievances, including the infamous ones against Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo…

Sport and Society – Championship Weekend

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on June 11, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. In a matter of four days from June 7 through the 10th, several championship level sporting events were decided. Beginning…

Review of The Rebounders: A Division I Basketball Journey

Ottaway, Amanda, The Rebounders: A Division I Basketball Journey, Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska Press, 2018. 288 pages, Epilogue, Notes, and Bibliography. $29.95 paperback. Reviewed by Murry Nelson Here is a volume that is very familiar, but uniquely that of the author. Amanda Ottaway played DI basketball on a full scholarship for Davidson College and…

Becky Hammon, Basketball, and Gender Politics

By Cat Ariail On May 5, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb.”  The Milwaukee Bucks intend to interview Becky Hammon, a fourth-year assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs and, of course, the first woman to serve as an NBA assistant coach, for their vacant head coach position. Instantly, I was excitedly…

Looking Back on the NBA in 2017

By Cat Ariail If, as suggested by Sport in American History editor Andrew McGregor, college football represents a “safe space” for conservatives, the NBA  serves that function for liberals. In 2017, the NBA unapologetically carried on the spirit of Obamaian triumphalism. Most notably, LeBron James captured the sentiments of many a frustrated American in his much…