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Shut Up and Dribble offers a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA.
Prompted by Laura Ingraham's public criticism of LeBron James and other NBA players' outspokenness on the current political climate, the first episode is an exploration of the league's social and cultural influence across time. Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson risked their careers and paved the way for generations of future players. Julius "Dr. J" Erving's style of play laid the groundwork for Larry Bird and Magic Johnson (and David Stern) to catapult the NBA into an era of higher visibility and prosperity.
1984 brought the arrival of the one and only Michael Jordan. MJ breaks barriers when his out-of-context quote, "Republicans buy sneakers too" becomes a signature declaration for a generation of players. In the wake of the Rodney King riots in L.A., two black players, Craig Hodges and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, make their voices heard and pay the price. Allen Iverson rises and becomes a trendsetter unlike anyone before him, even though his defiant style on the court gets him only so far in the NBA.
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