When we reported on the Oakland Soldiers summer league basketball team for our June feature, Swoosh Dreams, its best player, Aaron Gordon, was sidelined with a broken foot. It's second best player, Jabari Bird, was also out with an injury.
So when the Soldiers took the court against the Houston Ho ... More >>
In June, we ran a feature story, Swoosh Dreams, that explored the growing commodification of elite summer league basketball, a world that talented and media savvy teenage ballers use as a platform for scholarship opportunities. The story focused on the Oakland Soldiers, "one of the most prominent co ... More >>
With the New Year just hours away, we can finally say it without fear of a buzzer-beating jinx: 2012 marks The Year of the Bay Area Sports Renaissance.
These things tend to come in cycles. The Bay's Age of Terrible Sports was a long, cold winter. Game Six in '02 was the first snow, and the blizzar ... More >>
The Oakland Soldiers, subjects of last month's feature story Swoosh Dreams, won the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League title on Sunday, beating Toronto's CIA-Bounce in the Peach Jam tournament final.
It was a circuitous route to the top. Led by Archbishop Mitty's Aaron Gordon, who some people thin ... More >>
Type "Oakland Soldiers" into the YouTube search box and 18 pages worth of highlights and interviews load up. As suggested in last week's feature story, Swoosh Dreams, the teenage ballers on this AAU team are written about and viewed all over the internet.
There are three primary genres of summer le ... More >>