Under the Boards: The Cultural Revolution in Basketball by Jeffrey Lane

By Jeffrey Lane

The genuine tale of basketball lives as a lot off the court docket as at the hardwood; it's approximately politics and race and cultural clashes as heated as a final-four buzzer-beater. This tale unfolds in all its gritty and colourful aspect in lower than the forums. From the start of the Larry poultry legend to the ascendancy of a hip-hop-infused NBA to the backlash opposed to bling and the modern American online game, Jeffrey Lane strains the emergence of a brand new tradition of basketball, entire with competing values, attitudes, aesthetics, and racial and monetary tensions. The revolution Lane describes resonates within the means Latrell Sprewell’s attack on his trainer ceaselessly changed NBA strength family; in mythical trainer Bob Knight’s entanglement in highschool basketball heritage; within the dramatic shift in angle towards ecu avid gamers; within the effect of the deaths of 2 rappers on rookie Allen Iverson’s occupation; and in conflicting cultural versions rooted in beliefs of black masculinity and white nostalgia. In those moments Lane’s booklet files a profound switch in basketball and in American tradition over the past thirty years. (20061004)

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The artists-versus-record-label mentality, the craving to outfox the foxes, emerges in the lyrics of some of rap music’s most respected acts. On his album Blueprint, Jay-Z raps about “raping” the parent company of his former label, Roc-A-Fella, for as long as it takes to be personally worth $100 million. That Jay-Z and many other artists constantly refer to themselves as “hustlers” offers further insight into how rappers view themselves in relation to their industry. , make it) in a cutthroat, corrupt business.

Puffy’s Bad Boy record label gave hip-hop a popular music makeover while 2Pac and Snoop provided a more thuggish, West Coast alternative that was equally catchy and radio friendly. Rock music was buried in what came to be called hip-pop on the radio and on mtv. Youth fashion, values, and lingo came nearly exclusively from hiphop. At my school, a laboratory school in Manhattan, the usual high school cliques divided the social scene: cool kids, jocks, nerds, punks, Goths, artsy kids, preppies, and hoods.

But I’ve always had this game, it’s just all about opportunities. I got the opportunity to do what I wanted to do here [in Orlando], just go out and lead my team. Just have the green light. As perimeter players, Stackhouse and Iverson and McGrady and Carter were all more likely to vie for shot attempts and minutes than an inside-outside duo. Nonetheless, in-house competition and individualistic impulses routinely derail even inside-outside combos seemingly bound for greatness. indd 18 1/12/07 4:59:07 PM “Penny” Hardaway tandem, destined to bring championship glory to the Orlando Magic in the 1990s, disintegrated shortly after the team’s first trip to the nba Finals.

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