Appreciating one of the most ridiculous seasons ever If at any point this year, you found yourself being unimpressed with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s one-man force of nature, just like a test I cram to understand you. If you still feel that way as we close out his record-setting campaign, like the Korean grocer told O-Dog in Menace II Society, “I feel sorry for your mother.” Let’s be clear from the jump, Russell Westbrook is in the midst of one of the most remarkable basketball seasons ever. I’m talking about in the entire illustrious history of the game! If...Read More
Alejandro "Ali" Danois
Alejandro "Ali" Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League and a Producer with Shadow League Films. He is also a contributor with Bleacher Report's Special Projects Division. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.
His Shadow League feature story, "Humble Beginnings", was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014. Follow him on twitter @alidanois He is currently at work on his first book, which is scheduled to be released in September of 2016. He is also serving as a Producer on an upcoming sports documentary for ESPN's 30 For 30 piece.
A product of New York City public schools, Ali earned a scholarship for talented inner city minority students to attend Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts before attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016
Sports is much more than the final score, they inform us as to who we are as a society from many distinct vantage points: from commerce, law, entertainment, crime, race, class, inclusiveness and competition. This page will celebrate the unique beauty of the games we love, but will also delve deeper into the greater meaning, telling stories that really matter, about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through the prism of sport, and the various ancillary elements that reach into every inch of the American fabric.
Articles by Alejandro "Ali" Danois
South Carolina’s unprecedented success is due to its Latino coach NEW YORK — First off, the University of South Carolina’s head basketball coach is not “Frank” Martin. His real name is Francisco Jose Martin. And his journey in taking the Gamecocks to the first Final Four in program history is a story of perseverance and toughness that is emblematic of the defensive intensity that his team has utilized to become the most surprising story of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. In a life defined by unexpected twists and turns, he has taken a non-traditional program in the Southeastern Conference, which...Read More
The New York City Playground Forged His All-Star Ascension Flash back to the Rivals Class of 2008 high school player rankings and you’ll notice names like B.J. Mullens, Scotty Hopson, Brandon Jennings, Al-Farouq Aminu, Samardo Samuels, Willie Warren, Devin Ebanks, Chris Singleton and Ater Majok, among others, ranked ahead of Kemba Walker. But on the playgrounds of New York City, those of us connected to the city game knew that he had a chance, despite being undersized, to ride the express lane to college stardom. In the summer of 2006, while working with a remarkably creative team of hoops...Read More
We’ve Never Seen a Better Class of First-Year Floor Generals For folks who cover and follow the elite AAU hoops circuit, this 2017 college basketball freshman class has been talked about ever since they arrived in high school. And judging from the results so far, they lived up to every ounce of the hyperbole that has followed them into the college game. This year’s freshman class is already on par with the 2008 class that featured Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo, along with the most recent ridiculousness of the 2014 crew that boasted the likes...Read More
Sports has always been a galvanizing force that brings all types of people together to rally around a common cause. Think of the fervor and excitement of how countries unify around their shared interests during the Olympics or the World Cup, or how Jesse Owens and Joe Louis raced and fought not only against their opponents, but Hitler’s appalling brand of fascist ideology as well. The team construct in the American sports landscape brings great athletes from a dizzying array of nationalities, backgrounds and belief systems together in ways that few other entities can. Tune into a National Hockey...Read More