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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Dan Steinberg discuss the New England Patriots players who will be sitting out their team’s trip to the White House and whether White House visits still make sense in the age of Trump. They also talk about Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City, where he was met with a chorus of boos and an abundance of cupcakes, and the kerfuffle between New York Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-player Charles Oakley. Finally, Kyle Allen, the basketball coach for the Pine City High School Dragons, joins to discuss his radical effort to eradicate midrange shots from his team’s arsenal.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Six Patriots players have announced they will not visit the White House with the rest of their team.
- The origins of championship teams visiting the White House and notable athletes who have declined their invitations.
- Does a Patriots White House visit mean more to Trump than to the Patriots?
- Dan’s article on Jonathan Papelbon’s partisan presence in the Nationals bullpen in the Washington Post.
- Ethan Strauss’s postgame analysis of Saturday night’s Warriors-Thunder game on ESPN.
- Cupcakes abounded in Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City.
- Lee Jenkins’ profile of Russell Westbrook after Kevin Durant’s departure in Sports Illustrated.
- Michael Powell’s take on Oakley, Dolan, and the state of the Knicks in the New York Times.
- The timeline chronicling Charles Oakley’s relationship with the New York Knicks, from 1988 to present.
- LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul are among the current NBA players publicly siding with Oakley.
- Read about Kyle Allen and the Pine City High School basketball team in the Wall Street Journal.
- The Houston Rockets take fewer midrange shots than any NBA team.
- The NBA D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers conducted an experiment similar to Kyle Allen’s in 2014.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Spuddies:
Mike’s Spuddy: Swen Nater was a student of Bill Walton and the second-best Dutch basketball player of all time.
Dan’s Spuddy: Root for Nick Young in the All-Star weekend’s 3-point contest.
Josh’s Spuddy: Vladimir Petrov is Pine City, Minnesota’s resident Soviet wrestler.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Stefan, Josh, and Dan discuss the actually pretty good Washington Wizards and the forboding success of the Washington Capitals.
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