The Oberlin Review

NBA Struggles to Face China

Alex McNicoll

November 1, 2019

 The NBA season’s tip-off, as per usual, did not come without controversy. Heated discourse overpowered the start of the regular season after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support of protesters in Hong Kong. While the initial drama has faded, NBA officials, players, and fans alike are still waiting to see how the narrative will unfold throughout the season. From NBA superstars like LeBron James to the current inhabitant of the Oval Office, everyone has chimed in on how the NBA should handle its relationship with China in light of the violent Hong Kong protests. Protests in Hong Kong have been ensuing since June in reaction to a proposal to repatriate Hong Kong to mainland China. Hong Kong —...

NBA Fans and Players Mourn Nipsey Hussle, Celebrate His Legacy After Rapper’s Death

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

With just over a minute left on the clock and a safe 16-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan pulled his starters. But as Paul George, Jerami Grant, and Dennis Schroder sauntered off the court, Russell Westbrook stayed put. Seconds later, Westbrook snagged a missed 15-foot shot off the fingertips of Lakers rookie Isaac Bonga, running his rebound total to 20. By doing so, he became just the second player in NBA history — and the first player since 1968 — to put up 20 points, 20 assists, and 20 rebounds in a single game. The first to do so was Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, who many argue is among the top five players in basketball history. “20...

LeBron James Deserves Reverence, Even If He Leaves Cleveland

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

May 4, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena erupted last Wednesday as LeBron James sank a game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer over the outstretched arm of Indiana’s Thaddeus Young to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 3–2 lead going into Game 6 of the series. After chest-bumping Cedi Osman and receiving embraces from his other teammates, James jumped onto the scoring table and pounded his chest as he looked into the sea of Cavs fans. Even if the Toronto Raptors eliminate my hometown team in this upcoming series, I’m grateful that one day I’ll be able to tell my kids I watched the greatest player to ever grace the NBA hardwood and was blessed with celebratory moments like this. As the end of the NBA season looms, James will have t...

Cool or Drool: Space Jam II

Dan Bisno, Columnist

May 6, 2016

Film sequels are often met with criticism, because how can the sequel be any better than the original? Critics call rare, improved sequels such as The Godfather: Part II or The Dark Knight anomalies. Despite the knowledge that a Space Jam sequel can almost certainly not hold up to the original, it has been one of the most anticipated sports films of the last two decades. For those of you who forgot about Space Jam, it is a 1996 film starring basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters. Jordan saves the characters from being kidnapped by aliens who want to hold them captive at an amusement park on the aliens’ home planet. Over the years, Space Jam has become an icon of sports entertainment, immo...

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