Giri Nathan's posts - English uPOST

When Roger Federer Says "Jump," The Tennis World Says "How High? And Can We Pay You?" When Roger Federer Says "Jump," The Tennis World Says "How High? And Can We Pay You?"

French journeyman Julian Benneteau, who peaked at world No. 25 in 2014, retired from tennis this year, freeing him up get candid about how favors actually work on the professional tour. Tennis is hush-hush about its rampant conflicts of interest and less than transparent about the benefits afforded to its biggest…

This Tennis Ball Passing Through A Racket Is A Blessed Sports Moment

The Oddly Satisfying video might be the great viral genre of our time, and it has the potential to make serious inroads into sports. There’s free fodder everywhere, what with all the synchronized movement, strangely curving projectiles, scalp-tingling bat sounds, and so on. So here’s a good one, from a doubles matchup…

LeBron, It Is Time To Go Full Kratos LeBron, It Is Time To Go Full Kratos

Look, there’s no need to belabor the point here. I have great respect for your basketball mind and your body of work. You just reeled off a 44-10-9 in fucking Year 16. But it really doesn’t need to be this way. Just hear me out on this.

Malcolm Gladwell Goes On Bill Simmons's Podcast, Delivers Sweaty Monologue On Nigerian Basketball Superiority Malcolm Gladwell Goes On Bill Simmons's Podcast, Delivers Sweaty Monologue On Nigerian Basketball Superiority

Malcolm Gladwell appeared on Bill Simmons’s podcast today to advance the claim that Nigerians would be the best possible basketball team composed of members of any one race. He began by arguing that being Nigerian depended on the player’s parents’ country of origin, and then kept building from there. Nobody ever…

D-III Basketball Player Hits Opponent With Brutal Elbow Cheap Shot [Update] D-III Basketball Player Hits Opponent With Brutal Elbow Cheap Shot [Update]

The Fitchburg State Falcons’ Kewan Platt, who was recently honored as MASCAC men’s basketball player of the week, put up 16 points, five rebounds, and four blocks in the school’s 84-75 loss to the Nichols College Bison. He also landed this disgusting elbow strike right to the face of Nichols’ Nate Tenaglia late in the…

The Warriors' Only Weakness Seems To Be Them Arguing With Each Other [Update] The Warriors' Only Weakness Seems To Be Them Arguing With Each Other [Update]

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had themselves a nice spat Monday night over some bad decision-making by Green in the final seconds of regulation, a game that the Warriors lost to the Clippers in overtime. Earlier today, ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the conflict continued into the locker…

"Serena" "Williams" Is GQ's "'Woman' Of The Year" "Serena" "Williams" Is GQ's "'Woman' Of The Year"

Serena Williams appeared on the cover of GQ this week as the magazine’s 2018 Woman of the Year. The issue had four covers. On hers, the word “Men” had been crossed out, with “Woman” scribbled above in quotation marks. Some observers, including New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, were puzzled by this use of…

Despite That Gruesome Ankle Injury, Caris LeVert Might Return This Season Despite That Gruesome Ankle Injury, Caris LeVert Might Return This Season

Caris LeVert, who’d been enjoying a fantastic third season with the Nets, went down with a horrid ankle injury in last night’s loss to the Timberwolves. He taken off the floor in a stretcher; his teammates were openly weeping. Today, an evaluation from team orthopedist Dr. Martin O’Malley held encouraging news about…

Brook Lopez Is Keeping His Résumé Fresh, Learning New Skills, Banging Eight Threes Brook Lopez Is Keeping His Résumé Fresh, Learning New Skills, Banging Eight Threes

Brook Lopez entered the league as a smooth post operator with a reliable set shot, and it’s gotten him paid pretty well. A decade-old Jonathan Givony scouting report from Lopez’s days at Stanford now makes for quaint reading. It mopes for a paragraph, fretting about Lopez’s “formulaic” post moves from five to seven…

David Fizdale Doesn't Want To Be Tempted By Visions Of A Healthy Kristaps Porzingis David Fizdale Doesn't Want To Be Tempted By Visions Of A Healthy Kristaps Porzingis

As the Knicks head coach, David Fizdale has been a blessing. He’s gotten creative with his lineups; he’s giving the youth plenty of burn; and he’s not trying to win now with the likes of Lance Thomas and Enes Kanter. He’s taking the long view. So long is his view that Fizdale is not even willing to let franchise…

Novak Djokovic Says His Saudi Arabia Exhibition Match Against Rafael Nadal Is Off Novak Djokovic Says His Saudi Arabia Exhibition Match Against Rafael Nadal Is Off

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were widely criticized for their scheduled participation in a reputation-laundering exhibition match in Saudi Arabia, amid the kingdom’s war in Yemen, the ongoing inquiry into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the usual slew of human rights abuses. The match, conducted…

Something's Eating Karl-Anthony Towns  Something's Eating Karl-Anthony Towns 

Something isn’t quite right in Minnesota, and it cannot be purely explained by Jimmy Butler’s abject buttitude. Right before the season started, Karl-Anthony Towns said, “This momentum we’re riding right now, this wave we’re riding, it’s not good. It’s not good at all.” When asked why the Wolves had been struggling to…

Remember When Donald Trump Asked If Pittsburgh Was Going To Bring Back Joe Paterno, Who Was Dead? Remember When Donald Trump Asked If Pittsburgh Was Going To Bring Back Joe Paterno, Who Was Dead?

When Donald Trump is dropping remarkable word-turds every single day, some of them will inevitably be lost with the passage of time. In the last two weeks alone the Big Wet President has renamed a simpering fatberg “Beautiful Ted,” and he’s asked every man in an audience of 6,000 to raise his hand and pledge, “You…

Nikola Jokic Fined For Making Stupid Joke From 2012 Nikola Jokic Fined For Making Stupid Joke From 2012

The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic has been fined $25,000 for using the phrase “no homo” while discussing Wendell Carter, Jr.’s length, as NBA writer Sean Highkin reports.

Bjorn Borg's Teen Son Loves Tennis And Roasting His Father Bjorn Borg's Teen Son Loves Tennis And Roasting His Father

The New York Times’ Andrew Keh has a nice profile of Leo Borg, son of legend Bjorn and one of Sweden’s most promising tennis prospects. As the article makes abundantly clear, Bjorn and his wife Patricia are concerned that their 15-year-old son has opted to follow his 11-time-major-winning father into tennis,…

Somehow, Russell Westbrook's Ankle Did Not Instantly Turn To Crab Meat After This Fall Somehow, Russell Westbrook's Ankle Did Not Instantly Turn To Crab Meat After This Fall

In the third quarter of Monday’s Pelicans-Thunder game, Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook vied for a rebound and ended up with the ball of his left ankle kissing the floor. It was a gruesome scene; Westbrook screamed more than once and slapped the hardwood before he was carried to the locker room.

Omri Casspi Put His Own Twist On The Shammgod

Sure, it was fairly dad-like in the execution, and yes, he seemed to tweak something in his right leg, but this is undoubtedly Omri Casspi dropping Josh Jackson with what we’ll call the Shammg-d crossover in the first quarter of Grizzlies-Suns last night.

More Basketball Players Should Reenact Their Own Cool Moves

What’s better than hitting the Shammgod, the coolest move in basketball? Providing an immediate historical reenactment, just in case anybody missed it. Russell Westbrook, thank you for your service.

On Subletting Headspace At No Cost

The language that Joel Embiid uses can be taken as an ice core sample of the language the internet is using at any given time. The Sixers center is one of the NBA’s savviest disciples of the Do-It-For-The-‘Gram ethos, a skilled user of meme and timely dialect, always hitting the right notes to Maximize Engagement. “I…

Roger Federer Put This Serve Directly Into The Garbage Can

Roger Federer has cut an unusual path into the fourth round at Paris: he played just two sets of tennis to get there. He had a first-round bye, then second-round opponent Milos Raonic withdrew from the tournament, and then he defeated the sleepy pirate Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 6-3. So all of a sudden, a slightly creaky,…

More Giri Nathan's posts »

Language