Check out the exceptional article by Michael Lewis on Shane Battier and his life in basketball in the New York Times Magazine. Basketball is a complicated mix of individual exceptionalism and team sacrifice to achieve success. Battier's story mixes the personal, analytic, and cultural complexities to show how we often miss the real story when we only pay attention to the things that are easy to count. Battier is the perfect definition of the guy who you hate playing against, but love to have on your team.
On the individual's conflicts in basketball:
On selecting a college to attend:
On the racial subtext of hoops: