Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit out the national anthem in an op-ed published today in The Washington Post, portraying the athlete's protest as "highly patriotic." "What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities," Abdul-Jabbar wrote, referencing prominent protests by black athletes that were once considered controversial,
Between now and the start of the NBA season we will tackle 51 questions we cannot wait to see answered during the upcoming NBA season. Will returning home to Atlanta rejuvenate Dwight Howard? It’s hard to remember an NBA star whose perception has changed as much in five years as Dwight Howard’s has.
John Wall and Bradley Beal admitted they clash on the court. Paul Shirley – who played for the Hawks, Bulls and Suns from 2003-05 – shrugged. What I learned, when I got to the NBA, was that my dreams of fraternity were naïve ones.