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Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff

Since joining the SI staff in 1980, Alexander Wolff has written often about basketball and contributed many pieces that look at where sports overlap with society and culture. His books include Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure and The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. In 2011 the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honored him with its Curt Gowdy Print Media Award for outstanding lifetime coverage of the game. He’s also the founder of the late, great Vermont Frost Heaves—the only team besides the Indiana Pacers to win back-to-back ABA titles. Follow him on Twitter at @alexander_wolff.

All Alexander Wolff Stories

Jul 28, 2008

Let the Show Begin

Hoping to stage a dazzling, dissent-free spectacle, China has carefully planned—and tried to control—every aspect of the Beijing Games. Anyone looking to spoil the event will have to reckon with 1.3 billion proud Chinese

Dec 12, 2011

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: Mike Krzyzewski / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Pat Summitt

The two winningest coaches in Division I college basketball history (907 for him, 1,075 for her) have more in common than just extraordinary success. For reaching far beyond their campuses and refusing to be defined by their genders, SI honors them together

Feb 11, 2013

When Worlds Collide

Reviled and legally besieged, the NCAA faces the stiffest challenge yet to its power

Jan 19, 2009

The Audacity of Hoops

If there's any one reason Barack Obama was elected president, it might just be this: As a boy he began playing basketball, and he never stopped

Aug 08, 2011

PROSTHETICS: BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE

Inspired by young wounded veterans, federally funded labs are creating artificial limbs that may soon blur the distinction between disabled and able-bodied athletes

Feb 17, 2014

GOOD AS GOLD

THE OPENING DAYS OF THE SOCHI GAMES WERE FILLED WITH OVERBLOWN TALES OF ORGANIZATIONAL GLITCHES. (ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE HOTEL COMPLAINTS.) BUT THERE WAS AN EASY WAY TO CELEBRATE OLYMPIAN ACHIEVEMENTS AND REVEL IN RUSSIA'S WINTER SPIRIT: HEAD FOR THE HILLS

Apr 14, 2008

Turning Up the Heat

For anti-China protesters, the Olympic Torch Relay is a movable feast

Nov 07, 2011

THE NEW TRAINING TABLE

From college dining halls to professional clubhouses, a new food consciousness is revolutionizing sports. It's not just about gaining or losing weight. It's about performance targets, wellness and recovery. Eating to win has become a lot more complicated—and athletes are healthier for it

Dec 24, 2012

Out of Their League

The departure of the Big East's seven Catholic schools will reshape the college landscape

Sep 15, 2008

Hurricanes' Season

For a school shaped by Katrina, the sky's the limit

May 16, 2011

No Complaints

Maryland coach Gary Williams leaves behind a legacy of overachievement

May 21, 2012

READY, SET, COE!

A lord and a legend, an Olympic hero who once tussled with a clown, Sebastian Coe is the upbeat face and driving force of this summer's Games