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Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher fouls Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game on March 28, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

What employers can learn from the NBA about returning to work amid COVID-19

The NBA has largely managed to keep COVID-19 under control. Its success offers four important lessons for organizations on how to return employees to the workplace during and after COVID-19.
Fight for equity in women’s college sports has been a decadeslong battle. Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

Unequal treatment for college women’s basketball players has deep historical roots

College basketball has long favored men over women athletes, history shows. The disparities that surfaced during March Madness are the latest example.
Junior college athletes work hard to get noticed by big-time schools. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Netflix series ‘Last Chance U’ speaks to the reality of athletes I study

A basketball coach at a small community college in the Midwest reveals the challenges he faces on a regular basis to save his players from the pitfalls of the streets.
Members of the University of Oregon’s basketball team embrace before the final of the Pac-12 women’s tournament. AP Photo/John Locher

Can gambling juice fandom for women’s sports?

When fans place a bet, it motivates them to watch a sport and root for a team they might otherwise have little interest in.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list in 2014. Hannah Foslein/Getty Images

The Kobe legacy: Should the NBA let high school players skip college?

Unlike when Kobe Bryant went straight from high school to the NBA, future superstars must now spend at least one year in college or overseas. A sports scholar explains how that could soon 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 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.

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