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Civil rights activists question Minnesota Timberwolves’ white roster

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the skin color of many of their players has some questioning the front-office’s true motives when it comes to constructing the roster. Reports the Star Tribune:

“Dante Cunningham noticed when he reported for work in Minnesota this fall that his new Timberwolves team is unlike any for which he has ever played. “Day One, we were all in the elevator and I kind of looked up,” he said about a crowded ride with many of his new teammates, “and I was just like, ‘Where is everybody?’ Everybody, in this case, being black teammates.

Come opening night on Friday, Cunningham will be one of five black players on a 15-man Wolves team that has reversed the National Basketball Association’s historical racial percentages with a roster that is the league’s whitest since the Boston Celtics teams of the 1980s.

“How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?” asked Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul’s African American leadership council. “I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance.” That strategy, Terrell and others in the black community believe, is to sell tickets to the Wolves’ fan base, which is overwhelmingly white.

“Patently false,” said David Kahn, Wolves president of basketball operations. He and other Timberwolves executives instead call it a coincidence of circumstance and a purposeful plan to scour the globe for the best players they can possibly obtain. They will start the season with players from Russia, Montenegro, Spain and Puerto Rico, a total of five international players among a group that also includes five white American-born players. Included is injured All-Star Kevin Love, the game’s greatest American-born white player — a vanishing species in the league — since John Stockton starred for Utah in the 1990s.”

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Posted by on October 30, 2012. Filed under Editor's Choice,NBA,USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

One Response to Civil rights activists question Minnesota Timberwolves’ white roster

  1. Dbn Reply

    October 30, 2012 at 16:22

    if the wolves lose all their games and have terrible seasons…And they keep the same white roster, people will start to ask themselves about the motivation of these rosters, but hey…each team has the right to choose the payers they want to sign! as long as it is all about sports and not racism.

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