February 26, 2017

Basketball & Race

Respect: Steph Curry takes stand against Donald Trump, Under Armour 2017/02/09 2:35 pm

Respect: Steph Curry takes stand against Donald Trump, Under Armour

Under Armour and their CEO Kevin Plank have found themselves in a political firestorm after Plank called President Trump a “real asset” to the country during an interview on CNBC. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adUnit = document.getElementById("google-ads-XZ15"); adWidth = adUnit.offsetWidth; if ( adWidth >= 999999 ) { /* GETTING THE FIRST IF OUT OF THE WAY */ } else...

With his red hair, what is Blake Griffin’s race and ethnicity? 2016/11/21 11:31 am

With his red hair, what is Blake Griffin’s race and ethnicity?

When Blake Griffin first came into the league, he became one of most exciting and awe-inspiring players. His strength and athleticism was next level and was apparent in almost every game he played; a near nightly presence on Sportscenter. Griffin had all the pedigree and honors that almost guaranteed he’d be an NBA star. With his unique combination of skills, size, strength and ability to jump...

What is Zach LaVine’s racial background — is he mixed-race? 2016/11/04 9:51 am

What is Zach LaVine’s racial background — is he mixed-race?

If you are not a West Coast basketball fan or Slam Dunk Contest fanatic, then you may not know who Zach LaVine is. Although he’s won the Dunk contest twice already in his short career, LaVine has quietly become one of the hottest young players in the NBA. After a stellar High School basketball career in Washington state, LaVine went on to play one season at U.C.L.A. before being taken with the...

Here’s a list of milestones that helped break the NBA color barrier 2016/10/18 12:45 pm

Here’s a list of milestones that helped break the NBA color barrier

In 2015 the racial make-up of players in the NBA was 74.4 percent black players, 23.3 percent white, 1.8 percent Latino, and 0.2 percent Asian. That is obviously a very different picture than the early days when non-white players were in the minority. These players helped to pave the way for others that have followed in their footsteps, and helped shape the NBA into the association it is today. In...

What is Devin Booker’s race and ethnicity? Fans curious about his background 2016/10/11 9:26 am

What is Devin Booker’s race and ethnicity? Fans curious about his background

Scan any list of up and coming NBA players and at the top, or near it, will be Phoenix Sun’s shooting guard Devin Booker. The former Kentucky guard is quickly become a household name for fans of the Suns and the NBA. After playing one magical season for Coach Calipari at the University of Kentucky, Booker played well enough (off the bench, mind you) for that 38-1 team, that he quickly declared...

In the last 20 years, there’s only been two Caucasian players on the U.S. Mens Olympic Basketball Team 2016/08/07 7:58 pm

In the last 20 years, there’s only been two Caucasian players on the U.S. Mens Olympic Basketball Team

Let’s first say that it’s not a big deal that there has only been two Caucasian players in the last 20 years, but it might be surprising to some as it was to me. Somewhat of an odd and potentially provocative factoid, I know, but there it is. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adUnit = document.getElementById("google-ads-O15A"); adWidth = adUnit.offsetWidth; if ( adWidth...

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