Karl-Anthony Towns and Dakari Johnson share their emotional experience of meeting Ali back in 2015 with Kyle Tucker. The Courier-Journal also crafted a terrific timeline of Ali’s life, encompassing it all, the good and the bad.
You probably read The New York Times‘ fantastic obit for Ali, but this piece on the magnitude of his career, socially and in the sports world, is worth the read. The man who wrote Ali’s obit for the NYT, Robert Lipsyte, followed Ali for years as one of the youngest reporters in the history of America’s newspaper. “Ali and Me” discusses how the two affected one another’s lives, beginning with their first encounter — when The Beatles joined Ali in Miami, Florida ahead of his fight with Sonny Liston.
T.J. Quinn pens a piece for The Undefeated describing the collision of culture that occurred when Ali shocked the world. During a time when the nation was changing, Ali had to be knocked down, quite literally, before he could be embraced by the white majority of America.
Bill Simmons’ new online longform project, The Ringer, pumped out a few pieces on Ali’s legacy today. The first, from longtime SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann, provides insight into his life through their interactions. The second piece examines how Ali changed the trajectory of sports writing.
Travel back in time with The Rolling Stone. They followed him ahead of 1971’s “Fight of the Century” against Joe Frazier, and Hunter S. Thompson was with him in 1978 before his first fight with Leon Spinks. They didn’t just link archived material, they saw him as a hip-hop pioneer.
Before he was Muhammad Ali, Jerry West befriended Cassius Clay at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
If you want to go to a place to dive into numbers, you go to FiveThiryEight. The numbers’ nerds can’t put Ali’s Greatness into perspective with stats, he was that great.
You can’t talk about Muhammad Ali or Howard Cosell without talking about the other. ESPN examines their symbiotic relationship.