A Watchful Part
Here's my TSN column for today, all about Iverson and his legacy. I really like it and hope you will to.
It was supposed to be more about Obama's speech than it ended up being, but then I realized that one could legitimately dislike Iverson's style of play without there being any racial overtones. Not to say that was always the case, but I myself had mixed feelings about his game while embracing his socio-cultural significance.
Here's a random, possibly offensive thought: We all know that Hoberman is bothered by the "athleticization" of the black mind, whereby writers and intellectuals liken themselves to sports figures. But isn't it possible that Obama—who is fit, relatively young, and talks a lot about basketball—is benefiting from this? Athletes are second only to war heroes when it comes to instant political mojo. If Obama can tap into some of that without mortgaging his real strengths, is that such a bad thing?
UPDATE: With much trepidation, I introduce you to Ziller's excellent piece on the NBA and Obama's speech.