Jim Crow Basketball Challenge Proposed "All-White Basketball League"
When I first read the article, I assumed it was more of the dry humor from the latest former late night tv host. It had to be a joke. lol
I couldn't imagine pro basketball with only chest passes, player screens, and two-handed set shots...although Larry Bird is doing his best to reincarnate "white basketball" back in the Hoosier state.
Whenever I get the urge to see "white basketball" ( I don't), I just visit the local LA Fitness during lunch and get lulled to sleep by the execs in sneakers. For some reason I find the statement, "Hey Buddy, your ball.....I think I fouled you", rather amusing and inappropriate on the blacktop.
Not sure how many butts this whites only league will put in the seats with their proposed style of basketball, but history tells me not very many. I wonder if they plan to have picnigs before the games and sing Ol' Dixie for the anthem.
The greatest pro basketball league in the world only survived in the Fifties and early Sixties because of Black basketball. The Harlem Globetrotters, (not the minstrel team), were used by the NBA in the double-header format to draw fans to the arenas. After the Globetrotters beat the "World Champion" Minneapolis Lakers in 1948, it didn't take 2 years before the NBA signed Earl Lloyd from the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association(CIAA) and two other Negroes in 1950.
Years later it was Magic Johnson and Showtime and Michael Jordan and his playground swag that captured the hearts of basketball purists in this nation to the tune of billions from NBC, ABC,CBS and ESPN.
Basketball transcends race on most levels (playing fields). Teammates from completely opposite ethnic backgrounds form bonds and friendships that last a lifetime.
In year 2010, it would be an insult to basketball and all of the Legends Of The Game to make this a white versus Black issue. Therefore, I am proposing that Mr. Don Lewis select allstars from his All-American Basketball Alliance to play against the SBA All Stars all white team featuring Grayson "The Professor" Boucher and Randy "White Chocolate" Gill in a charity exhibition game.
Proceeds from this game will be donated to the Haiti Relief Effort.
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