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(Business Insider)   Conspiracy theorist claims that the Minnesota Timberwolves are hoarding white players to boost ticket sales. Protecting the stadium's baskets from wear and tear from slam dunks is just a lucky bonus   (businessinsider.com) divider line 32
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2012-11-14 04:46:17 PM
What about their good fundamentals?
 
2012-11-14 04:47:26 PM

Donnchadha: What about their good fundamentals?


He didn't say "women".
 
2012-11-14 04:50:09 PM
Well they're also losing those white players at the same rate they're hoarding them. I guess they just aren't as resilient.
 
2012-11-14 05:00:49 PM
RACISM OMGBBQ
 
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2012-11-14 05:02:50 PM
Wait until this guy hears about the Wild.
 
2012-11-14 05:25:57 PM
Well they are 5-2 even with their 2 most important players out with injury.

I don't give a shiat if all 15 are white (or brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian). as long as they can play.
This shiathead sounds like someone who hasn't suffered through a home T-Wolves game in the last few years.

//go Wolves
//Kirilenko was best pickup of the guys they got in the off-season
//Cunningham probably second best pickup
//Shved and Buddinger (now hurt) playing better than expected
 
2012-11-14 05:26:37 PM
Also, Oct 30, 2012. Haven't we had this story on Fark yet?
 
2012-11-14 06:50:02 PM
I heard Bomani Jones talking about this conspiracy a while back.
 
2012-11-14 07:07:24 PM
Wouldn't a bigger boost to ticket sales be, you know, actually being good enough to make the playoffs?

Seems like that would sell more tickets than having all white guys.
 
2012-11-14 07:21:16 PM
brandon roy is done. any good white two-guards out there?
 
2012-11-14 07:40:39 PM
It always embarrasses me as a black guy when guys like this run their mouths like a loose cannon and the media touts them as "black leaders". Lets use some actual facts here.

Lou Amundson, JJ Barea, Chase Budinger, Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved, and Greg Stiemsma make up 2/3 of the T-Wolves roster, and they are all white.

Bullshiat.

JJ Barea - Puerto Rican
Andrei Kirilenko - Russian
Nikola Pekovic - Montenegrin
Ricky Rubio - Spanish
Alexey Shved - Russian

This is one of the most racially diverse rosters in the NBA. It's idiotic to designate all these guys as "white" just because they don't have dark skin. And since St. Paul has a higher than average population of blacks, the premise doesn't even make sense.
 
2012-11-14 08:31:52 PM

coolio mack: the premise doesn't even make sense


I agree with everything you said, but this is all that was truly necessary.
 
2012-11-14 08:38:09 PM

wxboy: Donnchadha: What about their good fundamentals?

He didn't say "women".


He did say "Timberwolves". Same thing, right?
 
2012-11-14 08:44:45 PM
The NBA is simply America's most flamboyant vehicle for closet-homoerotic spectatorship. The racial preferences are more driven by individual turn-ons versus classical discrimination.
 
2012-11-14 09:08:11 PM

The_Sponge: I heard Bomani Jones talking about this conspiracy a while back.


I was listening to his white WR opinion about the Pats and felt that described the T-Wolves the most. White guys are undervalued in the NBA because no one expects them to be any good, so you can get equal players for less if you go with the few white guys who can play.
 
2012-11-14 09:19:24 PM

Pinnacle Point: The NBA is simply America's most flamboyant vehicle for closet-homoerotic spectatorship. The racial preferences are more driven by individual turn-ons versus classical discrimination.


You've never seen professional wrestling? Even the women have penises!
 
2012-11-14 09:20:46 PM

coolio mack: It always embarrasses me as a black guy when guys like this run their mouths like a loose cannon and the media touts them as "black leaders". Lets use some actual facts here.

Lou Amundson, JJ Barea, Chase Budinger, Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved, and Greg Stiemsma make up 2/3 of the T-Wolves roster, and they are all white.

Bullshiat.

JJ Barea - Puerto Rican
Andrei Kirilenko - Russian
Nikola Pekovic - Montenegrin
Ricky Rubio - Spanish
Alexey Shved - Russian

This is one of the most racially diverse rosters in the NBA. It's idiotic to designate all these guys as "white" just because they don't have dark skin. .


As a white guy, I'm conflicted about this.

On the one hand, if it was a bunch of really dark-skinned guys from different countries, we'd designate them all as black, wouldn't we? So it doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.

On the other hand, as a "white" guy, I gotta say that no, I don't feel a strong ethnic connnection to Russians, Montenegrans or Spaniards. Canadians, brits and scotch/irish are pretty much the only non-americans I would consider officially white, so even if i was  inclined to purchase NBA tickets out of racial solidarity, this wouldn't exactly do it for me.
 
2012-11-14 09:23:11 PM
Winning basketball > white basketball

Also, isn't Rubio Italian? They don't count as white, do they? If so, Snooki is going to be so disappoint.
 
2012-11-14 09:32:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwz9RAVou1U
 
2012-11-14 09:54:54 PM
Welcome to...3 farking weeks ago. Seriously?
 
2012-11-14 09:55:31 PM

Funbags: Also, isn't Rubio Italian?


He's a Spaniard. Or at least he gained notoriety by playing for Spain's national team.
 
2012-11-14 10:03:23 PM
Yes...quite the conspiracy, the end result to lose to the pathetic Charlotte Bobcats.
 
2012-11-14 10:18:05 PM
Dontcha know Nikola Pekovic is just a straight shootin, all-american, good ole boy. I think Ricky Rubio and Kirilenko are from Mississippi. Sure, Barea is from Puerto Rico, but they want to be a state now and I'm pretty sure J.J. stands for James Johnson. They all sound pretty white to me.
 
2012-11-14 10:26:40 PM

fatalvenom: Welcome to...3 farking weeks ago. Seriously?


tallguywithglasseson: Also, Oct 30, 2012. Haven't we had this story on Fark yet?


Who cares? Not everyone is on fark every single day. Do repeats really bother you that much? Ignore them if you've seen them before.
 
2012-11-14 10:43:20 PM

bukketmaster: coolio mack: It always embarrasses me as a black guy when guys like this run their mouths like a loose cannon and the media touts them as "black leaders". Lets use some actual facts here.

Lou Amundson, JJ Barea, Chase Budinger, Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved, and Greg Stiemsma make up 2/3 of the T-Wolves roster, and they are all white.

Bullshiat.

JJ Barea - Puerto Rican
Andrei Kirilenko - Russian
Nikola Pekovic - Montenegrin
Ricky Rubio - Spanish
Alexey Shved - Russian

This is one of the most racially diverse rosters in the NBA. It's idiotic to designate all these guys as "white" just because they don't have dark skin. .

As a white guy, I'm conflicted about this.

On the one hand, if it was a bunch of really dark-skinned guys from different countries, we'd designate them all as black, wouldn't we? So it doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.

On the other hand, as a "white" guy, I gotta say that no, I don't feel a strong ethnic connnection to Russians, Montenegrans or Spaniards. Canadians, brits and scotch/irish are pretty much the only non-americans I would consider officially white, so even if i was  inclined to purchase NBA tickets out of racial solidarity, this wouldn't exactly do it for me.


Well I'm admittedly odd in that I tend to designate first by country of origin. American, Canadian, English, Ugandan, Brazilian, etc. Then I tend to go to race after that. For example one of my favorite actors is Idris Elba, and I consider him English before black, if that makes sense. If I went to another country, I'd identify myself as American and then people would obviously see I'm black/dark skinned.

I see what you're saying though about how fair skinned people vs dark skinned people can be easily lumped in together by sight. This seems to be most controversial in baseball where you have a guy like David Ortiz who looks black, but is considered Dominican or "Latino" in their demographic surveys. Here's an article regarding Torii Hunter talking some about it.

Personally I'm all for people designating themselves with what they're most comfortable with, and I've never felt offended being referred to either as black or African American or American Black and what not. But when you have this guy come out and say "How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers", it just makes me shake my head at the ignorance of that statement. I guess he's missing the superstars that were Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson, and Wayne Ellington that won so many games for that franchise.
 
2012-11-14 10:58:10 PM
Twolves will get to the second round. Book it. Done.
 
2012-11-14 11:51:15 PM
Got to see the 'Wolves when they were in Toronto recently. The conspiracy theory is nonsense, of course, but I must admit that during the pre-game shoot-around I did think to myself: Damn, that's a lot of white dudes.
 
2012-11-14 11:53:42 PM

VvonderJesus: Twolves will get to the second round. Book it. Done.


In Rubio's recovery we trust.

/cautiously optimistic
 
2012-11-15 12:04:07 AM
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2012-11-15 01:28:35 AM
It is known...

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-15 02:31:34 AM

regindyn: VvonderJesus: Twolves will get to the second round. Book it. Done.

In Rubio's recovery we trust.

/cautiously optimistic


I've just about had enough "cautious optimism" in my sports. I just want one minnesota team, any team (no, Lynx. not you) to be good without reservations. This Twolves team is 5-3 without their two best players. If they can stay around .500 for another month, they've got too much talent not to make the playoffs easily.
 
2012-11-15 09:51:29 AM
Anyone else sick of racist black people?
 
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