Edit: Maybe unconstitutional is not the correct word.
Illegal may be a better term. I steer clear from politics and it's possible that the constitution does not address racial matters, but instead all discrimination laws/hiring practices are covered under a different set of laws.
So I revise my statement to be, "The word illegal comes to mind."
Last edited by dbronco7sc; 01-22-2010 at 12:53 PM.
Well, I'm going to leave the race portion of this whole deal alone, but I am afraid that it is going to overshadow another aspect of what this guy is talking about that deserves some attention. The death of fundamental basketball. He is trying to imply that it is a race thing, but I think it is really a result of the business environment in the NBA. The flashy plays get you on Sports Center and make you famous. Then when you are famous you make the big bucks and get the shoe deals and the whole thing. Everybody wants to get paid, so everybody is out to make the flashy plays fundamentals be damned.
This is great for the NBA guys, but it is a problem when all the kids in the country are looking up to them and modeling their games after them. How many threads do we have on this site talking about how poorly ISU rebounds or how bad we are running a half court offense or how so many of our players don't play defense. It shouldn't be much of a shock when most of these guys probably grew up looking up to guys who don't rebound or play defense.
Now as to how to fix this, I'm not sure. I don't think an all white league will do a thing for it, and I don't think you can change the NBA at this point either. I guess it would have to be a ground up thing with kids playing in organized leagues with good coaches teaching the game right. Maybe this guy should throw his money behind some coaching clinics or something.
I think you make some really good points there. But it's fighting human nature. Everyone wants to see the flashy pass or big dunk, and that's what makes Sportscenter. I even struggle with that with my son, who is all of 5'2", but wants to lower the hoops at the park so he can dunk, rather than work on his jumpshot. My only way around that is taking him places where you can lower them.
not for it the should just call it fundamental basketball league and allow everyone but there are plenty of all black colleges with all black teams isn't that kind of racist
Originally Posted by Cyclonepride
Aren't there still all-black schools? I'm not sure that someone can be expressly excluded from them though.
The only thing racist about Historically Black Colleges is that they had to be created in the first place. These were not institutions created by blacks to exclude anyone. They were created through a land grant act in 1890, IIRC, so that people of color could go to college because most colleges wouldn't let them in. They don't discriminate based on race, never did.
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May perpetual light shine upon him.
Not allowing players to be employed by the league due to race... is that not discriminatory hiring practices?
I would think that they could do it if they want. The NFL somehow gets away with discriminating due to age so I don't see how this would be different. The same law applies to both race and age. The WNBA discriminates according to sex also. I guess just as long as it is for the players only and not in the front offices and such it is allowed?
BTW, I'm sure that advertising won't be an issue here at all. I mean what big company wouldn't want to slap their brand name all over a league like this. Well maybe Augusta national will jump at the opportunity.
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