I do appreciate your avatar though. Any reference to the Hitchhiker's guide is a good one, especially since it fits the board's attitude atm lol
Roy needs to have just one dominant game to help him build up momentum. That's how he is.
Hopefully he and DWest take advantage inside tonight. When we're dominating inside, we can beat anyone.
@basketballtalk: Thibodeau says Derrick Rose running, cutting, on schedule http://t.co/rRHaWt3t #PBT #NBA
LMAO!!! This is a few weeks old apparently, but I just now saw it and thought it was so ridiculous, that I had to share in the random thoughts thread ...
In other news ........
There Are Too Many White Guys On The Timberwolves, Say Local Black Leaders
by Jordan Rabinowitz | 9:13 pm, October 31st, 2012
Is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office white-washing their team on purpose? That seems like one crazy notion here in 2012, but it’s one local black leaders in the Twin Cities have picked up and run with. The team, whose 15-man roster contains only five black players, is under fire by said black leaders, who believe the point of putting together the whitest roster since the Boston Celtics of the 80s is to appeal to their heavily white fanbase.
Before we dive in, let’s examine the T’Wolves and the greater state of the NBA. First, Minnesota’s team is only 33 percent black, well below the 2011-12 league average of 78 percent. I don’t think that’s any cause for racial uproar, but let’s move on. The NBA is an ever-globalizing league. Most of the players from overseas are white, but they are all talented, and the really talented ones are coveted by team owners, general managers, and coaches. Black, white, it doesn’t matter — talent is talent and overseas, it is growing abundant. So let’s examine what people are saying about the snow-capped Wolves (via StarTribune):
“How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?” asked Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul’s African American leadership council. “I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance.”
Ron Edwards, a longtime Minneapolis civil rights advocate, said he remembers a day last winter when he was watching the Wolves and the only black player on the floor was Wes Johnson, a situation he calls “somewhat disturbing.” His sentiments grew stronger, he said, as he watched the team’s roster grow even more white this offseason.
“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.”
Terrell calls it “scary” that the Wolves would assemble a roster almost 70 percent white in a sport so dominated by blacks. For Edwards, the numbers trouble him by the “historical view,” what he calls a “nullification of diversity and a reversal of history.”
Wolves’ president of basketball operations David Kahn calls the accusations “patently false” and says he has no reason to defend his actions as he is not, in fact (in our words, not his) a modern-day bigot. His naysayers also targeted him for not having any African-American presence in his front office, which he responded as being concerned about, and is trying to diversify “behind the scenes.”
As the article notes, the Wolves tried targeting Nicolas Batum and Jordan Hill this summer. They lost the former to Portland — after “painstakingly” clearing room to match the Trail Blazers’ $45 million offer sheet — and the latter to the Lakers, where he clearly has a better shot at winning a championship. They brought in former all-star Andre Kirilenko to fill the void Batum left. And you guessed it: He’s a white guy! So too are the team’s anchors, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. White they may be, but they also happen to be great at basketball.
Is it fair for black fans of the Timberwolves to want to see more black players on their favorite team? Of course it is. Likewise, I can probably tell you every white guy who’s played for my favorite team, the Knicks, over the last decade. It’s only natural to feel a kinship to players you can associate with in any way. As for it being “scary” or “somewhat disturbing”, let’s just cool our jets here. It’s a white constituency with a white team, a white coaching staff, and a white front office, but I’d like to call that happenstance. Rick Adelman built the team he thought would put itself in the best position to be successful, and even though they’re screwed anyway, it’ll be a competitive team — regardless of color.
And surprise surprise, the players don’t really care. Let’s just face it, the Minnesota Timberwolves are not the white supremacists of the NBA.
[StarTribune, Getty Images]
My own comments are that Mr. Terrell needs to step out of that ignorant mindset of the early half of last century and join all the rest of us here in 2012..
Last edited by Kemo; 11-13-2012 at 05:37 PM.
"They want to be famous. We want to be champions. They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football." - T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
@NBAonESPN: Bobcats trade Matt Carroll to Hornets for Hakim Warrick: http://t.co/ZiPIJ7gU
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Anderson Varejao is putting up big, big numbers.
35 and 18 for Varejao, damn can we trade him straight up for Hibbert?
@AlexKennedyNBA: Royce White (@Highway_30) is upset with Rockets. He told @daldridgetnt they aren't sticking to their agreement. Check out his tweets too.
And Royce White fighting for his rights again.
Apparently, he's missed 3-4 practices in a row and hasn't shown up for the last game, but the Rockets have kept it quiet until yesterday, when he wasn't there for the media.
The Rockets owner:
Alexander would not elaborate, but ominously added, "If he doesnít work out, well, itís tough to lose a draft choice.Ē— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 13, 2012
White has issued a statement:
White: "In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open ... honest about my anxiety disorder due to the current situations at hand— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 14, 2012
White continued: "that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement ...— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 14, 2012
White continued: "to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship."— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 14, 2012
White: "Failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept..— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 14, 2012
White: " to play any sport."— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 14, 2012
It seems to be getting ugly fast.
Lillard looked good again. He does a great job of keeping his dribble.
@basketballtalk: Video: Spursí Danny Greenís game winner to beat Lakers http://t.co/BCBXf0lx #PBT #NBA