Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

NBA Jerseys

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Tonight I went out to dinner with a few friends, and we were watching the Knicks and Nets game on TV while we were eating. A friend of mine brought up the fact that David Lee, a white Center for the Knicks who is a University of Florida graduate oddly enough, has one of the top selling NBA jerseys. Every one of us was surprised, mostly because he’s not a huge name in the NBA and most of us don’t see him as a star player. However, one of my white friends seemed to have no problem saying that “[Lee] is one of the few good white players in the NBA.” Now many people may have been thinking it at the time, but I find it interesting that any of my white friends would be accepting of this idea, and I find that it actually seems like most whites are. I know that, statistically, the NBA is mostly made up of black athletes, and 12 of the top 15 selling jerseys are jerseys worn by black athletes (David Lee came in at 13th if anyone is wondering), but the statement just struck me as odd and stereotypical.

Here’s the article regarding the top selling jerseys in case anyone wants to see the list:
http://www.nba.com/2010/news/01/20/jersey.sales/?ls=iref:nbahpt2

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Written by iAnsw3R

March 7, 2010 at 4:14 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The fact that David Lee is a white athlete has nothing to do with the popularity of his jersey. David Lee plays for the New York Knicks which is historically one of the most supported teams in the NBA besides the Lakers and the Celtics. People in NYC love the Knicks, and they love good players, and he is the best player on the Knicks, at this time, period.

    rphilp88

    March 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  2. White people in my opinion are just as good at sports as black people. black athletes are not the only ones good at what they do. this just reinforces the stereotype of black people and sports.

    alyssa1965

    March 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm


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