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 >>
Last night's win turned heads. It's not just that the Warriors beat the defending champion Miami Heat; not just that they led after every quarter. The Wizards, after all, have also beat the Heat. The win turned heads because it showed the world how the Warriors have won 12 of their last 15 games, in ... 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 >>
This week's feature story, Swoosh Dreams, describes how the Oakland Soldiers became one of the best travel basketball teams in the country. The program's co-founder, Calvin Andrews, believes that the Soldiers' rise can be charted along three turning points.
The first was when Izzy Washington, the ... More >>
For his latest project, the Oakland-raised rapper Casual has anointed himself a rap god. It's a lofty and arrogant title, but one that the Hieroglyphics crew's undisputed battle champ has earned the right to coin, having now clocked up a near-20-year recorded career with new album He T ... More >>
Have we been waiting for this? Who knows -- even big fans of Jay-Z and Yeezy know they never shut up for too long. Big-budget collab albums we know aren't Jay-Z's strong suit (Unfinished Business? Collision Course?). And judging by the awful "H*A*M" (now a bonus cut) and the mesmerizing "Ot ... More >>
The Monkees: Where are their leather pants?
Do the Monkees belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Of course they don't. But not for the reasons Jann Wenner and his cabal of ex-Rolling Stone interns have decreed, which add up to the charge that Micky Dolenz, Davey Jones, Michael Nesmith, an ... More >>
Neither LeBron nor Giselle will be here, sadly. LeBron James may be famously taking his talents to South Beach, but he's filming his soda commercial in North Beach. Joe DiMaggio Park -- named for a prickly athlete who didn't stab his hometown in the back via a callous, nationally televised debacl ... More >>
First things first: LeBron James owed the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans nothing. Professional basketball is a business. And, in choosing to jilt the Cavs and the fans who had loved and supported him since his schoolboy days, he ostensibly made a business decision. Cold-hearted -- but that's ... More >>
For the bridge, it's a great time out...How overdue is the erection of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge? Well, the Golden State Warriors couldn't wait for the span to actually exist before adopting it as their new logo. With portions of the signature tower sections set to arrive in Oakland tomo ... More >>
At around 9:05 this morning, a trio of massive crane fresh from the factory in Shanghai passed beneath the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges -- with a Lebron James vertical leap of room to spare. SF Weekly's favorite floating photographer, Gabor Gardonyi, was there. A tugboat chef who moonlights as an ace ... More >>
December 15, 2009
Better Than: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, not LeBron James
Rap is a memoirist's art, and Kid Cudi's music is some of the most personal rap around. His recordings about loneliness and fears contain an intimate softness, like lullabies sung righ ... More >>
Tama the railway cat has boosted her employer's revenues by 10 percent. Care to come to San Francisco on your vacation, kitty?By now, many of you will have read the made-for-the-Web story of Tama, the calico savior of Kishikawa station. When the owners of the Japanese Wakayama Railway got wind of ... More >>
Basketball can be beautiful -- but not when your buddies are (allegedly) bilking you out of hundreds of thousands of dollarsIn a case that we will refrain from spicing up with any references to whistles for hard fouls, the Palace at Auburn Hills Melee, or any other NBA basketball arcana, a local man ... More >>