Grant Hill Prepares For First Task As New Managing Director Of USA Basketball Hill, Who Took Over The Position This Month, Now Must Hire A Coach

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — During the Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 on Sept. 11, time was made for a symbolic passing of the torch moment between Jerry Colangelo and new USA Basketball managing director Grant Hill. After Colangelo took over a then-struggling USA Basketball as managing director in 2005, he rejuvenated it by convincing such NBA stars as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and many other elite American…

September 16, 2021

Golden Inspiration: USA Volleyball’s Black Stars Helped Make History – And Can Serve As Catalysts For Changes In The Sport ‘Volleyball Has Not Done Enough To Be More Welcoming’

As the winning point, nearly 60 years in the making, hit the floor last month at the Tokyo Olympics, the members of the U.S. women’s volleyball team did the same thing. They collapsed together in a mass hug with tears of elation, pride and no small measure of relief. Since indoor volleyball was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964, the U.S. women had been on this quest. They had…

September 9, 2021

Gabby Thomas Plans To ‘run Until The Wheels Fall Off’ After Olympic Success Thomas Is Putting Her Medical Career On Hold While She Continues To Race

August 17, 2021

Not long ago, Gabby Thomas thought that at age 24, she would be working for a nonprofit medical organization, or maybe as a hospital administrator, with a focus on eliminating racial disparities in health care. That was the plan – make the 2020 Olympics, maybe try a few pro meets afterward, then put her Harvard undergrad degrees in global health and neurobiology to use. Then 2021 happened: She ran the…


2020 Tokyo Games In Review My Favorite And Most Memorable Olympic Moments

August 9, 2021

Approaching the last day of the Tokyo Olympics, I realized that I hadn’t seen a minute of boxing which — back in 1976 on a team that featured Sugar Ray Leonard, Howard Davis and the Spinks brothers (Michael and Leon) — made me fall in love with the world’s biggest international sports competition. Not my fault — I had 99 Olympic channels, but boxing never appeared to be on one….


Kevin Durant’s Golden Moment Was Built On Years Of Hard Work And Competitive Brilliance From Middle School Onward, Coaches Saw That His Approach To The Game Was Different

August 7, 2021

I only played one year with Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City, but I could tell then he was going to be great. It was James Harden and Serge Ibaka’s rookie years and they had a young Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green – still a tragedy they couldn’t keep them together for a championship or two – but I remember seeing firsthand something from KD that I had never seen before….


Simone Biles Is An Olympic Hero Unlike Any Athlete We’ve Ever Seen Her Courageousness Allowed Sunisa Lee And MyKayla Skinner To Medal And Demonstrate To The World Winning Isn’t Everything

August 3, 2021

“… it was the closest thing to death without harming myself.” Simone Biles to Vogue magazine in a 2020 interview describing her rationale for sleeping as a way to cope with depression Gymnast Simone Biles is an Olympic hero. She’s officially my hero. Unlike the record-setters and gold getters competing at the pandemic games in Tokyo, the source of Biles’ heroism is not what she did, but what she did…