Alejandro "Ali" Danois

Alejandro "Ali" Danois

The Intersection of Sports & Culture

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

My Writing

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

A Letter To Lamar Odom

Dear Lamar, Just wanted to let you know that, despite those out there who snicker at your frailties and misfortunes, there are many in your corner who want you to thrive in what should be your biggest comeback ever. As you’re well aware, we’re talking about the game of life, bro, because basketball and your accomplishments in the game are beyond inconsequential right now. We know that substance abuse is an equal opportunity destroyer, and that doctors, lawyers, professors and anyone else, including current or former elite athletes, are not immune from its devastating effects. Those of us who’ve...

Read More

Ben Simmons’ One And Done Journey

Showtime Documentary, Premiering Tonight, Nov. 4th at 9:00PM, Sheds Light on his Life, Family and College Experience In the early spring of 2013, I found myself at the National High School Invitational on the campus of Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Maryland. The tournament, which has since been renamed the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals and moved to New York’s Madison Square Garden, assembles some of the top squads in the country for a March Madness-style, lose-and-go-home event to determine the supposed prep national champion. The talent in the gym over the tourney’s three days is enough to make...

Read More

Machine Gun Funk: Phi Slamma Jamma’s Benny Anders

A College Hoops Legend Resurfaces You can’t really define funky, you just know it when you see it. I’m not talking about the musty odoriferousness of the hipster sitting next to you on the subway right now who smells like he’s been wrasslin’ with an alligator. I’m pontificating on that unquantifiable quality of cool, magnetic, hypnotizing brilliance that only a true artist can conjure. The funk drips from a Pete Rock beat, a Rick James production or a James Brown drum riff, as it does when reminiscing on the University of Houston’s Phi Slamma Jamma collective. Watching last night’s...

Read More

The Shadow League’s Championship Drive: Rod Strickland Share

During Final Four weekend in Houston, The Shadow League went behind the scenes for some conversations with some big names in the college basketball tapestry. In this next installment, we bring you College Hoops legend, former NBA point guard extraordinaire and current University of South Florida Assistant Head Basketball Coach Rod Strickland. Only nine men in NBA history have ever dished out more assists than Strickland. That list includes some of the greatest floor generals ever, like John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Steve Nash, Isiah Thomas and Gary Payton. Strickland surpassed legendary talents like...

Read More