Is An NBA Team Too White?

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/ October 31, 2012

The 2012-2013 Minnesota Timberwolves might be the whitest team in the NBA since the heyday of Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. The Post Game asks why the T-Wolves, lead by stars like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, have only five African-American players on their opening day roster. Most NBA teams have 11 or more black players, but the T-Wolves seem to be bucking the trend.

New T-Wolves player Brandon Roy, who will be the only African-American player to start for the team on opening night, says it doesn’t matter.

“It’s just basketball,” Roy said. “I never really had to feel like I’m the only black guy out here. I’ve played on teams that maybe had all black guys and the feeling is just the same when I’m out there on the floor playing with these guys.”

But civil rights activists in Minnesota are not enthused. “How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?” said Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul’s African American leadership council.

Via: USA Today