Author Archives: Kevin Draper

About Kevin Draper

Kevin “Franklin Mieuli” Draper was born and raised in Oakland, California, and loves it more than you can possibly imagine. Follow him on Twitter @kevinmdraper

How The Player’s Association Can Win a Labor Stoppage in 2017

Last week I wrote about the various public statements Michele Roberts—the National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) new executive director—has made since being hired. I concluded that she was a good hire by the NBPA, and that if/when there is a … Continue reading

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Holy Shit, the NBPA Has An Actual Leader

The 2011 NBA lockout was many things, but one of the most prominent was an internal leadership squabble within the National Basketball Players Association. The NBPA was, and had been for years, a clusterfuck. President Derek Fisher and executive director … Continue reading

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Are Thunder Fans Going To Stop Showing Up, And Does That Make Them Bad Fans?

Oklahoma City Thunder fans are universally considered some of the “best” in basketball. They show up, selling out nearly every game, and while they’re there they scream their heads off. “Welcome to Loud City” is an incredibly lame moniker, but … Continue reading

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The NBA is Dooming Itself to Mediocrity

A different week, an entirely different picture of the NBA’s ongoing media rights negotiations. Last week I wrote about a report from The Big Lead, which indicated that Fox Sports 1 would broadcast games under the new contract. But we have a new … Continue reading

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The NBA’s Enormous Opportunity

The next two years will define the NBA’s path forward for the next decade. Baseball is in such a poor state that it has people writing articles with titles like The Twilight of Baseball and What’s Wrong With Baseball?; football faces long-terms … Continue reading

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Another Happy Bill Simmons Fist Pump

When you look at a list of current ESPN programs, the lack of NBA programming jumps out. NBA Countdown and NBA Shootaround are seen before and after NBA broadcasts. NBA Coast to Coast airs Tuesdays on ESPN2 opposite TNT’s NBA … Continue reading

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How Sam Hinkie Makes the NBA Money

As has been amply written about, the 2014 NBA offseason has proceeded among fans at a speed not seen previously. The offseason has always embodied speculation and hope, but never has it felt as central to the NBA fan experience … Continue reading

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