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‘NYC Point Gods’ Honors NYC Hoops In A Refreshing Way

With great anticipation, “NYC Point Gods” aired last Friday (July 29th), and New York City basketball supporters had their moment on center stage. The Showtime and Boardroom-produced documentary breaks down the Big Apple’s basketball scene of the 1980s and 1990s through the eyes of its greatest point guards– while also explaining why they’re “point gods” and their lasting impact on the sport.

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With over 85 minutes of running time, “NYC Point Gods” provided a bit of everything. First, there was the energic and thoughtful narration of poet Joekenneth Mueseau. Then we heard entertaining testimonies from the likes of Stephen A. Smith and Fat Joe. And last but certainly not least, we heard from the players themselves, who were honest and relaxed while recounting their playing days and upbringings (Stephon Marbury, God Shammgod, Rod Strickland, and Kenny “The Jet” Smith were amongst those whose stories got told).

Even though documentaries about New York City basketball have and will continue to get made, this body of work by Showtime and Boardroom was different.

Instead of exploring if the city is still the epicenter of their sport or making another love story between it and music, “NYC Point Gods” simply spotlighted the people and circumstances most involved. And that, in turn, allowed for natural transitions into basketball-related conversations about music and fashion that rightfully changed the vibe of this documentary when necessary.

Since its release, viewers have applauded the documentary as it sparked feelings of nostalgia and appreciation.

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“NYC Point Gods” is now available on the Showtime app and its supporting platforms.

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Sandra Douglass Morgan Is The First Black Woman To Become An NFL Team President

History and sports are synonymous with one another, and it’s a daily occurrence when the two sides come together. On Thursday (July 7th), history was made when the Las Vegas Raiders hired Sandra Douglass Morgan to become their new team president– marking the first time a Black woman has held that position in the NFL.

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The proud Las Vegas, NV native, joins the Raiders as an accomplished and already-historic executive and attorney– she worked alongside the Nevada Gaming Board and was also the state’s first African American city attorney. With such expertise in community-building, hospitality, and law, Morgan was the right choice for the AFC West competitor.

“The fact is I have accepted this role because I believe in the promise of the Raiders,” Morgan said at her introductory press conference at Allegiant Stadium. “I believe in the future of the Raiders, and I believe in this organization’s tenets of community, integrity and, most of all, commitment to excellence.”

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As the Raiders aim to build upon last season’s playoff appearance and their mega-trade for All-Pro wideout Davante Adams this past March, Morgan will have to stabilize the team’s front office movement. Over the past year, the Raiders have witnessed two other team presidents and several executives leave the organization for many reasons.

“She’s honestly the best for the job and it’s going to be awesome, we’re excited for the future,” Raiders star and All-Pro defensive end, Maxx Crosby said about Morgan.

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Becky Hammon Returns To The WNBA At The Right Time

Truth be told, any time Becky Hammon returned to the WNBA would have been the “right” time, but this particular moment is that. On New Year’s Eve, Hammon, a current San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, confirmed her return to the WNBA as she signed the league’s highest-paid deal for a coach after becoming the new head coach of the Las Vegas Aces.

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While some basketball fans had become familiar with Hammon as a potential head coach replacement for the Spurs’ Greg Popovich, many remember Hammon as the six-time WNBA All-Star who was the face of the New York Liberty and formerly-known San Antonio Stars; who are now known as the Aces. In the same way, she shined on the court with her intensity and ability to succeed in the clutch, Hammon began having similar success on the sidelines.

Over the past seven years, Hammon made history as a Spurs assistant coach between being the first woman to coach in an All-Star game and winning an NBA Summer League championship as head coach. And even though some may be surprised at Hammon’s decision to return to the WNBA given her growing likelihood to become an NBA head coach, it doesn’t mean that chance is over if she chooses to return there.

But at this point of Hammon’s career, it’s about elevation. The newest Aces’ head coach knows all about that, and she couldn’t have picked a better time to return to her roots– the WNBA is the most popular it’s ever been, processes a significant number of talent, and her Aces are a title contender. Hammon is taking a massive step forward that will reward her with more in the future. And that’s regardless of whether the NBA is involved or not.

Hammon’s WNBA return should be a lesson in understanding that being a part of their league isn’t a demotion. It’s an honor and one’s way to giving back to the place that produced their greatest success yet.

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Lewis Hamilton’s Importance Is Bigger Than Sports

Last Saturday morning, millions of sports fans went on Twitter and expressed this exact thought: “When did all of you become F1 fans?” Formula One Racing has always been one of the world’s most popular sports despite its lack of coverage, including here in the United States. But sometimes, all it takes is one person to unite sports fans to watch an event as we did with last weekend’s Driver’s World Championship.

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A seven-time Driver’s World Championship winner, Lewis Hamilton is to Formula One what Michael Jordan was to the NBA. He is the greatest at what he does and has transcended his sport in ways only MJ and a few other athletes can understand. As millions of fans watched this year’s Driver’s World Championship, their exposure to Hamilton’s dominance, even before the race’s controversial ending, was imbued with a greater understanding as to why he’s special in the first place.

Hamilton represents greater hope and expansion of the Black and Brown experience. For many of us, it’s already mind-boggling that our own would participate in an activity such as F1 driving, but to achieve the level of success he has? Without cutting corners and sacrificing his identity as a black person who’s embraced his blackness in every way possible? It only amplifies the battery charging in the back of our communities, who want to continue to change the narrative every day.

This is also important because of our collective worldview. Millions of Black and brown people are and will remain limited in knowing how great our people are in their different career paths. We’re fed a diet of success stories through basketball, football, and entertainment, even if these ingredients weren’t always healthy for our imagination.

But Hamilton’s presence alongside the Williams sisters, Tiger Woods, Simone Biles, and Bubba Wallace is a huge reminder that it’s okay to eat differently. The ability to share similarities in our lifestyles and upbringings while also being yourself is essential for everyone involved and proves versatility is real. For the rest of his life, Hamilton has made his biggest impact by establishing you can’t put a ceiling on what any Black or brown person chooses to do. And so far, he’s doing a fantastic job.