Basketball

#WorldGotGame

#WorldGotGame

If you haven’t followed the FIBA World Cup in China this month, you’ve missed out on some great games. That’s because competition has tightened significantly, somethingI France captain Nicolas Batum articulated to me at the start of Les Bleus’ training camp.

Marine Johannès' Rêve Américain

Marine Johannès' Rêve Américain

“If you talk to Marine, you have to get close to her because when she speaks she’s very quiet,” Batum told me of his hometown basketball “sister” Marine Johannès, the WNBA’s 13th French player who is living her American dream this summer.

Can Hoops Diplomacy Take-Over Africa?

Can Hoops Diplomacy Take-Over Africa?

That’s a bit of a provocative question, but one that lent itself well to a workshop I co-directed with Dr. J Simon Rofe last week at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London.

The NBA’s French Connection

I’ve been terribly remiss about updates over the past few weeks winding down a project, but wanted to post this fascinating examination by Yann Casseville of Basket Le Mag of the NBA’s deep roots, which I helped contribute a few ideas to. 

Sport Diplomacy + Digital Diplomacy: Part I

Sport Diplomacy + Digital Diplomacy: Part I

A brief rundown of “Sports Diplomacy: A Vision for the Future” confab on what happens when the sports diplomacy world collides with the digital diplomacy one.

What I'm Watching 2018

What I'm Watching 2018

Hello, and happy new year! May yours be merry and bright. I usually take the first week of the year to take stock of how the “best of” the past year puts greater focus into events of the coming one.Thus, here’s my watch list for the first half of the year. They’re less predictions and more things to take note of…though, if I’m honest, should things work out, I hope you give me some credit for my foresight!

Space and Time in the Sports Continuum

Space and Time in the Sports Continuum

Space and time. These two words aren’t frequently associated with sports, although they impact a historian’s work and influence every communications pro’s tool box.  Yet, as a sports writer and historian, I’m thinking a lot about space and time in the sports continuum.

French Basketball in China & Phantom Documents

French Basketball in China & Phantom Documents

I recently wrote a paper for the #GoldenGamesNUS sports diplomacy conference on the three times the French men’s basketball team played in China (1966, 1980, and 2006). The subject may seem odd to the casual eye, but these countries boast the oldest hoops traditions outside of North America, dating to 1893 (France) and 1895 (China). As it turned out, “La France en Chine: The Power of Basketball Diplomacy” is one of the more fun, quirky papers I’ve written and the challenges involved in stitching it together are instructive on many levels.