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Is the NBA losing its fan base because of its makeup?

By the way, for what it's worth: the author is a black man, in case you missed that. Perhaps that will add some sort of legitmacy in some people's eyes.

posted by kinack at 11:21 AM on November 25

Is the NBA losing its fan base because of its makeup?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but during the NBA's golden age in the '80s and early '90s, weren't Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and a majority of the other star players black? posted by rcade at 5:19 PM CST on November 24 That's kind of the point, isn't it? This has nothing to do with a black/white thing. People, including white people, could connect with and support Michael Jordan. That is what made him the phenom that he was. People could associate with him and saw him as a great basketball player, not a great black basketball player. Same with Magic and all the rest. But the point of the article is hip/hopification. Not the blackfication. The two are not synoymous. It is sad that people can't address this issue. Everyone treats it like the 800 lb. elephant in the living room. Can't talk about it. When you do, everyone starts crying racisim. It's really pathetic that we have allowed political correctness to destroy our ability to address problems. I digress. But back to the point. People could support Michael Jordan. But when they look out there now and see the cornrows, insane tattoos, the attitudes, the rap albums, a lot of people can't support and/or associate such players. Hip/hop is a violent, anti-intellectual, criminal and mysoginistic culture. You have to be willfully disingenuous to deny that. A lot of people despise that culture. And that appears to be more common in the NBA these days. Surely we can talk about this without the issue of racism.

posted by kinack at 10:51 AM on November 25

Is the NBA losing its fan base because of its makeup?

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posted by kinack at 04:38 PM on November 24

The Malice In The Palace

Welcome to the hip-hopification of the NBA.

Any time you have a culture (such as the hip-hop culture) that worships criminality and blatant violence, then you are going to have people who behave like uncivilized louts.

Raping ho's, busting caps, blazing spliffs, etc are the behavior of criminals, not respectable adults.

So I say: put that shithead Artest in jail, ban him for the league, and set an example for all of sports.

Anyone who says sports are better with the Ron Artests, Terrell Owens, etc. acting like ignorant fools is obviously someone who was born post 1980.

If I was in charge, I would shoot ban any player that behaved like less than a good sportsman. Clean up the sports. Please.

posted by kinack at 02:45 PM on November 21

He'll win one. It's 'Any Given Sunday' in this watered-down league. Hell, they could beat the Defending NFL champs and no one would be suprised. There is complete parity.

posted by kinack at 09:42 AM on November 03

That was a strange game. Granted, as a die-hard Cowboys fan, it was nice to see the 'Boys win the game and eclipse there record of the last three seasons (5-11) and be sitting atop the NFC East at 6-2. But, man that was an ugly game. It looked like the Cowboys were trying to give the game away in the first half. Luckily, the Skins were the most ineptly managed team in a while. That is a team in free-fall. Any sort of cohesion and direction and they could of beat an off-kilter Cowboys team. I don't know what is going on in DC. Must be the over-bearing owner (Snyder) or further proof that college tactics don't work in the NFL. Sure, you can beat up on Tallahasse St. if your Florida, but the NFL is different. One thing I expect from a Spurrier team is offense. All offense and no defense. I expect them to lose game 38-30 or something. But yesterday, their D played well. Their offense is horrid. Their WR's are good enough to go max protect and wait till Coles gets open. I have no idea what they are thinking in DC. Going to get their good QB killed. But for the record: Ramsey isn't taking that bad of a beating. Carr took a worse one all last year, and Hutchinson got killed in the second half of the season for the Boys. Good result, but a crummy game. I guess in today's NFL you can play like dog crap like the Boys did and still win.

posted by kinack at 09:40 AM on November 03

Ladies and Gentleman, the New Heart & Soul of the Celtics...

{btw - that's my first post.} /me high-fives kinack.

posted by kinack at 12:45 PM on November 01

Ladies and Gentleman, the New Heart & Soul of the Celtics...

The Celtics got a very good and under-rated player in Raef Lafrentz and a up-and-comer in Jiri Welsch. Raef struggled in Dallas because he was asked to do something that Dallas needed: a banger and enforcer down low. Raef was constantly asked to guard Shaq, Duncan, etc. one on one, and, consequently, Raef was always in foul trouble. Also, since the perimeter defense of the Mavs was so poor, Raef also had to always come over and help on people slashing to the hoop, which also further his constant foul trouble. Raef is not that kind of player. He is a face to the basket 4. Not a post-up 5. In the smaller, less physical East, Raef should become an All-star. He has great skills, is a hard worker, and can be a mismatch with his mobility and ball-handling at 7'. So I don't think Vin and PP have to try to win it by themselves. I think Raef will help them be a very good team in the East (tho, the wouldn't be a playoff team in the West). Also, the Celtics picked up a sleeper in Jiri Welsch. This kid is going to be extremely good. 6'7" sharpshooter who can play 1,2 or 3. Don Nelson was quoted as saying that he didn't want to lose him because he thought he could be special, but the Nellie really wanted 'Toine for a point-forward. So the Celtics are going to be good in the East. It isn't just the Vin and PP show.

posted by kinack at 12:44 PM on November 01