Michael Lee


Sports enterprise reporter focusing on the intersection of gender, diversity and how sports shape our society.

Education: Florida A&M University, BS in Newspaper Journalism

Michael Lee is a Sports enterprise reporter at The Washington Post focusing on the intersection of gender, diversity and how sports shape our society. Lee previously worked at The Post from 2004 to 2015, serving as the national NBA writer and beat writer for the Washington Wizards. He is a longtime NBA scribe who covered the league for 19 seasons at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Post, Yahoo! Sports and the Athletic. He has covered three Olympics (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio de Janeiro), the World Series and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Latest from Michael Lee

With 51 points in Game 7, Jayson Tatum pushes Celtics back into conference finals

The Celtics blow out the 76ers, 112-88, as MVP Joel Embiid struggles mightily for Philadelphia.

May 14, 2023

Celtics shake off Jayson Tatum’s struggles, rally to force Game 7

Tatum, one of the Celtics' incandescent stars, struggled deep into the fourth quarter. But he found his game in time to lift his team to a 95-86 win over the 76ers in Game 6.

May 12, 2023

76ers thump Celtics in Boston to seize control of playoff series

Joel Embiid scores 33 and Tyrese Maxey adds 30 in a 115-103 road win that gives Philadelphia a 3-2 heading back home for Game 6.

May 10, 2023

James Harden hits all the right notes as 76ers win Game 4 to knot series

Harden had 42 points, including the winning three-pointer in overtime, as Philadelphia beat Boston, 116-115.

May 7, 2023

Joel Embiid honored for his MVP, then Celtics steal the show in Game 3

An emotional Embiid received his MVP trophy before the game, then collected himself to score 30 points. But he seemed like a solo act during much of Philadelphia 114-102 loss.

May 6, 2023

Black QBs will rule this NFL draft. In 1999, they represented change.

On Thursday night, Bryce Young, CJ Stroud and Anthony Richardson are expected to become the first trio of Black quarterbacks since that year to go in the first round. But this time feels different.

April 25, 2023

No longer novelties, international MVPs contend to be the face of the NBA

If Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid or Giannis Antetokounmpo is the MVP, the NBA will give the award to a foreign-born player for the fifth straight year.

April 15, 2023

How Mike Brown restored his reputation and Sacramento’s dormant franchise

The Kings are in the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and will take on the defending champion Warriors in the first round.

April 14, 2023

Kobe Bryant’s little Mambas are still playing, for him and each other

After the NBA, Bryant devoted himself to coaching his daughter and her friends. After his death, eight of the girls played on.

April 7, 2023

The Eagles’ Brian Johnson, a rare Black QBs coach, is ‘going to be a star’

Johnson is the 35-year-old quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, whose knowledge and passion find him in the Super Bowl, coaching an MVP runner-up in Jalen Hurts.

February 11, 2023