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Who's the whitest team in the NBA? (no, it's not the Celtics)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MTM, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    The Minnesota Timberwolves.

    "Minnesota Timberwolves fans may notice something different about their team this year. In a league in which American-born black players made up 75 percent of roster spots in 2011, the Timberwolves will have an opening-day roster comprising just 33 percent black players (five out of 15).

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, this year's squad will be the league's whitest since the 1980s Boston Celtics.

    Is that a problem?

    Some civil rights leaders in Minneapolis think so. Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul's African American leadership council, told the Star-Tribune that he thinks the unbalanced roster could be seen as a ploy by the ownership to sell the team to a majority-white fan base."

  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Oh my goodness!

    Someone complains a team has too many black players and they get labeled racist. But complain about having too many white players and it's an issue for "civil rights leaders"?!?!?!
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I was going to post something, but I want nowhere near Mark on this thread.
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    This should evoke some thought-provoking discussion...
  5. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    I used to have thoughts about the Celtics in the '80s then researched their history and saw they were the first major professional sport to truly integrate and essentially become "color-blind."

    This does bring up the question that "if you s*ck, might as well s*ck with more attractive players?" (I love Love and Rubio though.)
  6. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Here's is the Star Tribune article


    "David Kahn, Wolves president of basketball operations ... and other Timberwolves executives call it a coincidence of circumstance and a purposeful plan to scour the globe for the best players they can possibly obtain. They will start the season with players from Russia, Montenegro, Spain and Puerto Rico, a total of five international players among a group that also includes five white American-born players."
  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    The Celtics were the first franchise to play five African Americans on the court at the same time and the last to play five white guys on the court at the same time (happened in the playoffs in the '80s against the 76ers). To me anyway, that's cool social history.
  8. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Even if the team was doing it to attract fans --- and I'm convinced that's the reason --- is there anything wrong with that? Teams in all sports employ all sorts of gimmicks, promotions and other things to draw fans. Nothing new there. It is, after all, a branch of the entertainment business.

    I wouldn't be likely to pay out top dollar to watch a bunch of black players run up and down the court. White players? Not sure, but possibly. This nonsense that the world is colorblind is just, well, nonsense.
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

  10. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    Keep doing you.
  11. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Of course there is something wrong with it if that's what they are trying to do.

    Goal is to win, not please Whitey.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Well, you can only hope.
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