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Old 11-01-2012, 12:32 PM  
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Can an NBA team be too white?

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Are Minnesota Timberwolves Too White?


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.

"How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?" Terrell said to the Star-Tribune. "I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance."

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn called the allegations "patently false."

Indeed, while the team lacks as many African-American players as most other squads, the Timberwolves are still quite diverse. Five of their ten white players were born outside of the United States.

Brandon Roy, projected to be the team's only black starter, says the color of his teammates doesn't faze him.

"It's just basketball," Roy said. "I never really had to feel like I'm the only black guy out here. I've played on teams that maybe had all black guys and the feeling is just the same when I'm out there on the floor playing with these guys."

Ron Edwards, a longtime Minneapolis civil rights advocate, told the Star-Tribune that it was "somewhat disturbing" when he saw a game last season in which Wes Johnson was the only black player on the floor for the Timberwolves. The composition of this season's roster has prompted Edwards to react even stronger.

"It raises some real questions to me about what's really intended," Edwards said. "I think, personally, that it was calculated. Is this an attempt to get fans back in the stands? Minnesota, after all, is a pretty white state.''

Edwards added that the Timberwolves' roster decisions are a "nullification of diversity and a reversal of history."

Kahn said the Timberwolves targeted two black players as free agents during the summer. But Portland matched Minnesota's offer to Nicolas Batum, and Jordan Hill opted to re-sign with the Lakers at less money for a better chance to win a championship.

"What if Batum and Hill were here?" Kahn said.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:04 PM   #16
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The only "white" guys on the team are Love (one of the best PFs in the league) Budinger (Huge upside) and Ridnour (Roster fill in). The rest are Euro trash
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #17
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So someone has the nerve to call out a time in a sport that is dominated by black players for being too white?
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:19 PM   #18
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According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, this year's squad will be the league's whitest since the 1980s Boston Celtics.
Yeah, that didn't work out so well for Boston.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:34 PM   #19
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Anyone that truly advocates the civil rights movement should denounce these two clowns for demeaning the cause with this feeble attempt for publicity.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:57 PM   #20
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #21
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:01 PM   #22
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i'd say yes because white men cant jump.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #23
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #25
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:17 PM   #26
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I know this is a joke, but this brings up an interesting point.

Why do Packer fans yell "KUUUHHHN" everytime he catches a 2 yard dumpoff and waddles for 3 yards? That's not racism, but they clearly like the guy because he's big, fat, and white just like them.
My theory is that people like to yell names with an 'oo' sound. (Is that a soft u or a hard u, by the way?)

You go to a Springsteen concert and the fans yell, "Bruuuuuuuuuce". REM fans don't yell, "Michaeeeeeeeeee".

You watch a Giants game and when Cruz catches a pass they yell "Cruuuuuuuuz". They don't yell, "Niiiiiiiiick" when Hakeem catches a pass.

Packers? "Kuuuuuuuuuuhn", not "Staaaaaaarks".

When Elvis Dumervil makes a sack, Broncos fans yell, "Elway!" because they're stupid, so that doesn't really count, but they should be yelling "Duuuuuuuum".

If Matt Cassel's name was Stu, he would be popular, because fans would want to yell, "Stuuuuuuuuu."

Seriously, if you want your child to become a popular entertainer, you would be well served by naming him or her something with an 'ooooo' sound.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:28 PM   #27
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The T-Wolves don't have the luxury of being too selective. I bet a lot of it is just them taking what they can get. Not too many guys are interested in going there anyway.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:31 PM   #28
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If Matt Cassel's name was Stu, he would be popular, because fans would want to yell, "Stuuuuuuuuu."
I've heard people yell for Marc Castle, but it's more like, "Looooooooooser".
Is that close enough?
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:33 PM   #29
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I've heard people yell for Marc Castle, but it's more like, "Looooooooooser".
Is that close enough?
The crowd already has a perfect yell for Kasl, it's...


Booooooooooooooo!
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810 is talking about this and Danny(dipshit) thinks there is racism involved here.
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