By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
I am dreaming of a white christmas and an all white team: Welcome to Minnesota
NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—I have heard some interesting conspiracy theories in my day, from 9/11 begin a inside job, to the C.I.A. secretly placing crack cocaine in the Black community, to George Bush Jr. stealing the election in 2000 and 2004.
And I must admit, I believe them all.
But, this latest conspiracy theory involving the Minnesota Timberwolves trying to create an all white team, is simply ridiculous.
Or, is it?
According to Tryone Terrell, chairman of St.Paul’s African American leadership council, this is exactly what they are doing.
“How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?” asked Terrell, during an interview with the Minnesota Star-Tribute.
“I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance.”
Yeah, I know you have heard about it, talked about it, or even debated it with some of your friends.
But, I simply think it’s silly.
I, of course, understand that the NBA is 78% Black.
Plus, I understand that many Caucasians don’t like the NBA because they think it is too Black.
And some, without hesitation, will openly admit that they enjoy college basketball better.
Their love for college basketball, some may say has a lot to do with the level of participation of Caucasian athletes in the collegiate game.
This may be true, in certain cases.
But, I feel that most Caucasians enjoy college basketball better than the pro game because, they have a sense of connection with the schools, whether they are alumnus of the school, or have children, who attend those universities, whether they are athletes or not.
Plus, they love the inter-state rivalries, the college atmosphere and, of course, March Madness.
Others, however, simply believe college basketball is better, more exciting, more meaningful, and better coached than the pro game.
And in some cases, they are correct in their assessment.
Besides, there are a lot of Black folks who believe this as well.
And honestly, I don’t know too many Charlotte Bobcat fans. But, I do know plenty of Carolina Tar Heel fans. And Duke Blue Devils fans. All across America.
Despite all of that, believe me, I am quite aware, that some people hate the NBA.
Whether it is because of Comissioner David Stern, Lebron James, or simply because, the league is full of “high-paid hoodlums.”
Code word, Black players.
So, maybe there is a small population of conspirators sitting in a smoke-filled room plotting and planning to create an all-white team just like Mr.Ron Edwards a longtime Minneapolis civil rights advocate has recently suggested.
Maybe, this is their way of slowly taking their “country back.”
Wolves’ president of basketball operations David Kahn, of course, called the accusations “patently false.”
And I, myself, must agree with him, despite the Wolves’ lack of diversity in their front office.
But, I seriously doubt that the T-Wolves are consciously plotting to create an all-white squad.
I mean, if this was truly the case, the Utah Jazz would’ve tried to do it first.
And just because, the current Timberwolves 15-man rosters has five European players, five American-born white players, and five Black players, I don’t think I am going to start screaming foul and call the Reverend Al Sharpton to investigate their hiring practices, not yet, anyway.
Prior to NBA/Country
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Therefore, maybe, Mr.Edwards needs to relax just a little bit before creating another unnecessary controversy that will detract Black people from more relevant issues affecting the African-America community.
Seriously, an all-white team, which resembles the 1955 Minnesota Lakers.
But, if this conspiracy theory turns out to be true, who really cares?
Besides, it’s not about “color” in the NBA.
It’s about winning.
No, it’s deeper than that, it’s about chemstry.
How do the players play together? How do they get along together on the court, regardless of their racial make-up?
Secondly, it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nobody wants to watch the Minnesota Timberwolves, whether they were all-white, all-Black, or all Mexican.
I am speaking on a national level not a local level.
Besides, everybody knows the NBA is financially built on the backs of four teams: the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks, despite the fact that, the Knicks haven’t won a championship since 1973.
Plus, only four teams, the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls and Spurs have won more than 3 championships, which is equivalent to 67 percent of the titles in the NBA.
And even though, the San Antonio Spurs, a small market team, has won four championships with the help of Tim Duncan, nobody wants to watch them play, whether it’s the preseason, regular season or postseason.
So, if NBA fans don’t want to watch the Spurs, believe me, they definitely don’t want to watch the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Honestly, the only time the Timberwolves were watchable, was when Kevin Garnett led them to eight consectutive playoff appearances between 2000 and 2007.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the majority of NBA ticket buyers are Caucasian.
Plus, I realize, the state of Minnesota is 85% Causasian.
Which means, subconsciously they probably would love to see another majority white team like the Boston Celtics beating a league full of Black players.
But in the case of the T-Wolves, I don’t think so.
Besides, the T-Wolves have sold over 90.2 percent of their seats, ranking 14th in the league despite the fact that they had eight Black players on the roster last year..
Let’s not forget, Kevin Love is pretty good. He won a goal medal in the Olympics. Plus, he is a walking talking double-double waiting to happen.
And let’s give Ricky Rubio some credit, he has had moments of greatness at the point guard position.
And while Mr.Edwards is worrying about the “white-washing of the NBA,” he should realize the league has subtly moved in that direction a long time ago with its European outreach programs, which have been designed to recruit overseas players.
Yeah, the NBA is global now, like everything else in the world.
So, they are looking to broaden their brand not only in Europe but, in China, Africa, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and in “so-called Latin American countries” as well.
Basketball is now an international sport.
And we must all start to look at it that way.