The suicide rate at two high schools in Palo Alto, Calif. has been more than four times the national average. Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin grew up in Palo Alto, and he joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his own high school experience and what he’s learned since “Linsanity.”
The film “Concussion” tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant who discovered C.T.E., a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head trauma. Can a Hollywood blockbuster starring Will Smith raise awareness about the dangers of football? “We were paid to kill people,” one former NFL player said after seeing a sneak-preview of the film.
Joe Sharkey has always been a basketball player. In many ways, the sport has come to define him. But after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2013, it’s no longer all about the game. Intern Sean Gannon shares his friend’s story.
Kobe Bryant’s most famous poem may be “Dear Basketball,” which he recently published online to announce his retirement from the NBA. But Bryant’s former high school English teacher says that Kobe has been writing poems about basketball since the 10th grade. Jeanne Mastriano joins Bill Littlefield to share her favorite story about Kobe — and more.
How old should athletes be before college recruiters come calling? Kirsten Kimel, head coach of women’s lacrosse at Duke, joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the need for NCAA recruiting reforms.
The debate over whether LeBron James or Michael Jordan would win a game of one-on-one will probably never end, but we might be closer to settling another question: whose brand has more potential? In light of James’ new $500 million-plus lifetime deal with Nike, Bill Littlefield looks at whether LeBron’s commercial power will ever rival Jordan’s.
When the United States entered World War II, many prominent athletes rushed to join the war effort. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a lesser-known athlete and veteran whose story you might not have heard.
The Warriors’ winning streak and the 76ers’ losing streak to open the 2015-16 NBA season are anomalies in their own rights. But to have both occur in the same year? Bill Littlefield investigates just how rare this occasion is — and he hears what it’s like to play for an NBA team that can’t seem to get a win.
Last Sunday, Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this season will be his last. Retired NBA forward Shane Battier faced Bryant many times throughout his career. Battier joins Bill Littlefield to remember one particularly difficult night guarding the 17-time All-Star.
An avid swimmer since childhood, Jay Pulitano was the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA. Pulitano talked with Only A Game’s Zoë Sobel about how he found a supportive home in collegiate swimming.