Sunday, June 24, 2018
The Ringer – "The Mavericks’ Wonder Years Are Here"
By Jonathan Tjarks
"Creating offense so far from the basket flattens differences in speed and quickness between the best players. Steph Curry and James Harden aren’t equal to Russell Westbrook athletically, but they are harder to defend because they have to be picked up almost as soon as they cross half court. When Kukoc came to the NBA in 1993, three years after being drafted in the second round, teams’ embrace of the 3-point shot was still in its infancy and most of the game was played in the narrow confines of the paint. Illegal defense rules prevented teams from crowding the lane with extra defenders, so offenses were designed to create one-on-one opportunities for big men who could carve out room for themselves as close to the basket as possible.
Doncic, unlike Kukoc, will not be playing in the triangle. Being traded to Dallas is the best thing that could have happened to him. He’s a perfect fit for the multiple-ball-handler offense used by Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle, one of the first coaches to embrace the importance of spreading the floor and having as many playmakers on the court as possible. Carlisle likes to play two point guards together, and he’s been known to play three at a time, even at the cost of having a 6-foot-3 guard like Devin Harris at the 3. Doncic is the best of both worlds because he can handle that type of offensive responsibility from the forward positions without compromising the defense in the same way."
Rolling Stone – "The Trouble With Johnny Depp"
By Stephen Rodrick
"The purchases listed by TMG read like Depp gave his wallet to a tween with ADD. There was $75 million for 14 residences. He spent $3 million to shoot his pal Hunter S. Thompson's ashes into the sky from a cannon. A mere $7,000 to buy his daughter a couch from the set of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. He bought some 70 guitars and 200 pieces of art, including Basquiats and Warhols, owned 45 luxury vehicles and spent $200,000 a month on private air travel."
Friday, June 22, 2018
New York Times – "A Fashion Expert and a Football Expert Had a Conversation About World Cup Kits"
The Nike Designer of Nigeria's Kit: Matthew Wolff.
Quartz – "Nigeria says Nike has had record-breaking pre-orders for its World Cup jersey"
GQ – "How Nigeria's World Cup Jersey Became a Streetwear Grail"
Esquire – "Why There’s So Much Buzz About Nigeria’s World Cup Kit"
2018 World Cup Kits Inspired by Historical Designs