Wednesday, January 11, 2006

In The Absence Of An Original Post...

I give you Klosterman.

His latest piece, focusing on the Adam Morrison-Larry Bird comparisons, talks about how race affects our perception of athletes. Interesting stuff that should appeal to basketball fans and Sociology majors alike. I'm not sure I completely agree with him (if there were Jarome Iginla-Tony McKegney comparisons, I missed them), but interesting stuff nonetheless. Enjoy!


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

Interesting. Josh Levin tackled the question "Why does every white basketball player get compared to Larry Legend?" back in a December Slate article, where he observed that "As far as we've come in pro sports, we've yet to reach the point where white basketball players can be comfortably compared to their black peers (and vice versa)." (

Klosterman wouldn't be cribbing, would he? Even if, the Gladwell interview is a great addition to the topic.

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I can't believe White Chocolate wasn't mentioned in that article. And why is that Gladwell article unpublished, and how did Klosterman get his hands on it? Why is it that my three favorite writers right now (Simmons, Klosterman and Gladwell) are all buddies? When did this happen? I came upon each of them separately, yet now they have converged into one massive conglomerate.I could give a long Gladwell-esque explanation of this which would result in it being the consequence of my liking of each of them, but that could take all day.

Again, no Jason Williams? He is the first player I thought of when I read about the White Gunner theory. Isn't he the perfect White Gunner, the white point guard who instead of playing like Steve Nash or someone from Hoosiers plays like Stephan Marbury?

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Kevin Kimmis said...

Nash doesn't always play like Marbury. He only tends to shoot a lot when other players on his team get cold or aren't on the floor. Hence his busting out when Joe Johnson went down in last year's playoffs.

To be honest, while I like the analysis, I preferred the part where Chuck suggested the main reason we choose these comparisons is because we're lazy and therefore tend to compare a player to the last universally acknowledged great player, usually of the same race. Ergo, every potential black basketball superstar of the last twelve years has been the next MJ, and every potential white basketball superstar has been the next Bird.

Then again, I think laziness is the explanation for everything. Which, I guess, makes me lazy.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

It must, because I never ever said that Nash played like Marbury. Did you even read the comment, Kevin? I was talking about Jason Williams. But way to defend Steve Nash because he is Canadian. Don't worry though. The Bears are actually playing in a game this weekend.

Grabia cuts, then shoots...YES!!!

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

What? Kevin got burned? When did this start happening?


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