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Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

Maverick

Talking with Dallas owner Mark Cuban about the playoffs, the Rockets rivalry, Rajon Rondo, Tim Donaghy, and his 15 outspoken, wild, and successful years in the NBA

Necessarily the News

Understanding the explosion of outrage around the announcement of Trevor Noah as the new 'Daily Show' host requires looking at everything from the state of political satire to the Brian Williams mess to the racial politics of South African popular culture. In other words: It gets really complicated, really quickly.

April 6 - April 12, 2015

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30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 6 — Sonny, Ed, and the NCAA

In the sixth and final chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we see Sonny Vaccaro’s life accomplishments brought to reckoning after he left the shoe business in 2007, and the steps he’s taken since to bring down the multibillion-dollar monster he helped create

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 5 — The LeBron Affair

The fifth chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ flashes back to Sonny Vaccaro’s first glimpse of LeBron James, whom Vaccaro declared to be the greatest high school player he’d ever seen — after only 10 minutes in a pickup game. With Adidas losing out to Nike for LeBron’s signature, Sonny indulges in what could have been.

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 4 — There Are Victims Here

In the fourth chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we learn how Sonny Vaccaro and a former friend started a bidding war between Nike and Adidas. From the divergent perspectives of Tracy McGrady and Lenny Cooke, we learn what the war has done to America’s top young talent.

City Boys

How 20 years of intertwined, New York–centric friendship led to a collaboration between Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz and Noah Baumbach in the director’s new film, ‘While We’re Young,’ and a renewed sense of purpose for the erstwhile Beastie Boy

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 3 — Kobe and the Gunslinger

In the third chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ Sonny Vaccaro explains how he was fired from Nike and how he rebounded. With the support of a new employer, Vaccaro sets out to find the next Michael Jordan for Adidas, and he discovers that lightning does indeed strike twice.

Grantland Features: ‘Flying From Cancer’

In our latest documentary feature, one man lives out his dreams thousands of feet aboveground in the face of a life-altering diagnosis

Alex Garland Is Not God

The man behind some of the most chilling and intelligent science fiction of the past 20 years has finally directed his first movie, the artificial-intelligence thriller ‘Ex Machina.’ Just don’t call him an ‘auteur.’

The Fastest Mouth in the West

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green on toughness, trash talk, and a lifetime of proving doubters wrong on the basketball court

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 2 — The Jordan Effect

In the second chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we learn how Sonny Vaccaro helped Nike build a marketing empire in 1984 when he encouraged the company to take a chance on a young Michael Jordan as its signature athlete. What followed would revolutionize the commercialization of youth athletics.

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 1 — How Sonny Became Sonny

In the latest 30 for 30 film, directors Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks offer a definitive look at Sonny Vaccaro, one of the most polarizing and influential figures in basketball recruiting and sports culture. In the first of six chapters, we learn about his beginnings.

March 30 - April 5, 2015

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Family Business

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of completing their worst season ever — no Kobe Bryant, almost no promising youth, and little hope for the immediate future. Team president and ultimate boss Jeanie Buss remains as bright and optimistic as the California sun — but would she fire her brother Jim, VP of basketball operations, for failing to keep up his end of the bargain? The only thing thicker than blood is NBA championship gold.

30 for 30 Shorts: Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball

Our latest film, directed by Peter Sillen, breaks down the tale of a Mets prospect who was so phenomenal that he was too good to be true

The Heart of Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield is one of the most incisive, emotionally open songwriters in the world. But she had to leave home and her twin sister, sign with a historic label, and end a romantic relationship with her closest musical collaborator to finally break through. Now the fun begins.

The Grantland Q&A: Tom Scharpling

The radio (and now podcast) host discusses the new ‘The Best Show,’ the struggles of striking out on his own, his 16-CD boxed set of phone calls, and never quite fitting in with the comedy community.

After the Crash

Friends, teammates, and family remember the career, legacy, and tragic death of former Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills

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