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

Why Does the NBA Execute a Broadcast Strategy that Harms the League?

Here in Washington D.C., the professional basketball team is heading back to the playoffs for the first time in six years. Their squad consists of youngsters brimming with potential and steely defensive veterans. It is led by a budding star … Continue reading

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Why is NPR’s Sports Coverage so Bad?

Like many new projects, when The Diss began there was no clear identity. Hell, I thought we were doing a Basketbawful thing, so I wrote under a pseudonym for the first year. The biggest influence on both Jacob and my … Continue reading

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Kobe Bryant Sheds his Skin

As the youngest of three brothers, there was a decent amount of fighting with my siblings growing up. Probably not any more than you would expect from three boys, but still. In many ways my oldest brother is your stereotypical … Continue reading

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Basketball Blogging Networks are a Flat Circle

The dominant trend in the last six years of internet basketball writing has been the rise of blog networks. Nearly every single basketball blog you read either belongs to a larger network or is owned by a larger sports media … Continue reading

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Why Terrence Ross is One of My Favorite NBA Players

It is 2014, and our relationships with athletes are different than they were twenty, ten or even five years ago. Or so we continually hear. The dominant narrative is that we are closer to them because of a variety of reasons. … Continue reading

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Minnesota State House of Representatives Member Tweets Something Racist About Basketball; Doesn’t Claim He Was Hacked

Update: See bottom of the post for Representative Garofalo’s apology. Earlier tonight Minnesota State House of Representatives member Pat Garofalo (R) tweeted out something about the NBA that, well, is kinda racist: Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA … Continue reading

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Heads Up Adam Silver, We’re Onto You

With the elevation of Adam Silver to Commissioner, we were promised a technocrat. Silver has worked for the league for 22 years, but is little known by the public because his work is done behind the scenes. The word “pragmatic” … Continue reading

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