Once one of the NBA’s top talents, he was traded to the Hornets for two pairs of socks and a used jockstrap, among others The homecoming in Atlanta officially lasted one year. The Hawks traded Dwight Howard yesterday, and the No. 31 pick in Thursday’s draft, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for center Miles Plumlee, guard Marco Belinelli, the No. 41 pick. two pairs of socks and a worn jockstrap. Howard is an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and was once seen as one of the NBA’s best players. Atlanta’s willingness to deal him...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
The man didn’t run from a challenge, he embraced an even bigger one, coming for King James’ crown on the only stage that matters. I need help. Last July, there were many folks out there who defecated on themselves, soiling their pampers publicly when Kevin Durant announced his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. They yelled, screamed and called the man weak, not seeming to care about the putrid odor coming from their desire to insert themselves into another man’s life and career decisions. Some called it the “weakest move ever.” I countered...Read More
Basketball is a mere fraction of his remarkable story A 15-year NBA veteran and world champion, Caron Butler’s personal journey is a remarkable one of regeneration and hope in the unseen that needs to be shared. It’s a journey bigger than just basketball. It’s an inspiring tale of a boy who began facilitating drug deals at the age of 11. He estimates that he’d been arrested and appeared in juvenile court on a multitude of charges on 15 separate occasions by the time he was 15 years old. Butler came of age in a wicked environment where his role...Read More
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
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