Wednesday, January 20, 2010

White Men Can't Jump (but they sure can make a two hand bounce pass)

Apparently there's a group trying to start a "whites-only" professional basketball league in the South (the South? really?). You can't make this stuff up.
The All-American Basketball Alliance announced in a news release Sunday evening that it intends to start its inaugural season in June and hopes Augusta will be one of 12 cities with a team.

"Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement said.
Yeah, I know I'm definitely concerned with the fact that BOTH parents of the players I cheer for are of Caucasian descent.
Don "Moose" Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league's roster restrictions is not racism.
No, of course not. Where would anyone get THAT idea?
"There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," he said. "I don't hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here's a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."
Ah yes, fundamental basketball. This guy should be promoting the WNBA (uh, and that W is for "women's" not "white") or something. I'm pretty sure that if being white was all it took to play "fundamental basketball" my pick-up games at the Rec wouldn't consist mostly of people lobbing passes over the head of the guy that never managed to get back on defense or trying to drive in the middle of four defenders and losing the ball.
Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of "street-ball" played by "people of color." He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas' indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans' dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run.

"Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" he said. "That's the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction."
Don't even get me started on "street-ball" and what that usually means to people like this guy but if it's not about race then why is he limiting it to only white people? There are plenty of non-white players who are "fundamental" and during my time at Iowa State I saw two player flip off the crowd. One was Drew Gooden from KU and the other was Tim Heskett, a white guy from OU. He's clearly not made for this league with that no-fundamentals street-ball style of his, I don't care how pasty he is. Won't someone think of the children?

Either way it's pretty embarrassing that somebody is trying to do this in 2010. Can't he just cheer for Duke or something?


Blogger erin said...

ugh. this makes me sick. literally, threw up all over my keyboard. bleh.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Zack! said...

I saw this earlier and I'm glad that you wrote something about it--now I don't have to.
I would like to see a couple of these games that incorporate this "fundamentalism," however. Maybe it's more of a Comedy Central sort of thing...

5:24 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

If you want to see how badly this league will fail, look no further than the current University of Iowa squad.

PS - Is THIS why Lucca Staiger left ISU?????????

8:58 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Well, if you know anything about the racist basketball fan it's that he don't want no damn furriners playin' in his league, neither.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Q said...

Wait, don't we already have the Washington Generals?

2:39 PM  

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