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In 2018, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love went public with his panic attacks and struggles with anxiety. Reuters/Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

Why it matters that more athletes are talking about their mental health

Because professional athletes are thought to be paragons of physical and mental toughness, their psychological health has long been a taboo topic. That's starting to change.
Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard raises his fist following a basket as Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry walks away during Game 6 of the NBA finals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

What the Toronto Raptors have taught us about resilience

Just as Kawhi Leonard did, each of us can apply load management in our lives to help promote our own resilience and success.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, holds Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors basketball action in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Raptors have won their first NBA title in franchise history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Raptors win! Does that mean basketball will replace hockey as Canada’s favourite sport?

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. The team's success has propelled basketball’s lore to a level never before reached among Canadians. Will it surpass hockey as Canada's favourite game?
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam soars to the hoop over Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguaodala during Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Gregory Shamus

Toronto’s multicultural Raptors: Teamwork and individualism

The Raptors' success in reaching the NBA final for the first time in the franchise's history is an opportunity to reflect on the diversity of the team.
Toronto Raptors fans sing the Canadian anthem at what’s dubbed “Jurassic Park” before the first game of the NBA Finals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

We the North: The Toronto Raptors playoff success represents a shift in Canadian identity

Hockey is often considered Canada's national sport, but with the changing demographics of the country and the rising success of the Toronto Raptors, basketball is also seen as a national sport.
Was Kyrie Irving’s leadership style a factor in the Boston Celtics’ struggles this season? AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The pitfalls of the narcissistic NBA player

A group of researchers figured out which NBA teams featured the most egotistical players, and then tracked their performances over the course of a season.
Toronto Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard, who will likely be a free agent soon, is seen in a recent game. NBA salary caps make it difficult for the Raptors to attract elite players. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How NBA salary caps hurt the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have the money to attract the NBA's top players. Here's why the league's salary caps makes that so difficult.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni, during Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston. D'Antoni successfully resisted calls to change his team’s offensive strategy after losing Game 1. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Management wisdom from the NBA: sometimes the best move is the one you don’t make

Research has shown that the most successful basketball coaches resist pressure to make changes during games. Choosing not to make a move is sometimes also the right call for business leaders.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense has allowed only 33 points over its past four games. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Does defense actually win championships?

Does the Eagles' vaunted defense give them an edge? Cal State Northridge's sport psychology lab ran a regression analysis to test the popular adage.
NFL players from many teams have knelt or linked arms in protest during the playing of the national anthem. Reuters/Paul Childs

Why US sports stars are taking a knee against Trump

Donald Trump’s ill-timed comments on protests by America's elite athletes have given legitimacy to claims of his racial animus.
St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the team’s practice facility in May 2014. Jeff Roberson/AP

What happened to the openly gay athlete?

Since Michael Sam came out in 2014, no one in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL has done the same. Are the barriers to coming out still holding firm? Or are there signs that the tide could soon turn?
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry flexes during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. USA Today Sports/Reuters

Why sports fans need villains

Many decry 'superteams' like the NBA's Golden State Warriors as bad for the sport. But psychology research shows that they also make us more likely to watch – and bask in the joy of seeing them fail.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers. EPA/John Mabanglo

NBA’s action on bigoted owner a slam dunk for anti-racism

In a scandal that has rocked the American sporting world, David Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, was caught on tape excoriating his girlfriend for associating with black people…
The cases of Donald Sterling in the US and Dani Alves in Spain serve to emphasise that sport – and society – still has work to do to combat racism. EPA/Paul Buck

Sterling, Alves and why racism continues to dog sport worldwide

Two recent instances of sports-related racial abuse have seen athletes take strong, united stands against the scourge of racism. While the cases of Donald Sterling in the US and Dani Alves in Spain are…

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