StlSluggers wrote:Being white, or Dominican, or Jewish, does not impact your athletic ability one bit. Talent, work ethic, mental fortitude, parental genetics, economic surroundings... These things make athletes what they are.
If you truly believe the first sentence then you need to do some more research. Saying a specific race has a genetic predisposition to excel at certain physical tasks is not at all a racist ideal and is pretty well excepted among the scientific community. To be an elite athlete definitely requires more than just the genetics, but saying they don't play a role is just as false.
A good, white basketball player isn't good in spite of being white just the same way that being born black doesn't mean you will have better odds of being able to slam on a regulation rim. Being born white or black might mean that you're socially or economically more likely to pursue certain paths with respect to basketball, but the mere color of your skin does not solely dictate the outcome of that path.
I wasn't claiming that race is solely the determining factor for being a great basketball player, I don't think you will find many that would claim that. I really doubt that the conversation on the show in question was that the Pacers should drop all the white guys on the team and find some random black man off the street because they surely will be better.
The ideal that white basketball players in today's NBA are in one of two molds, the scrappy, hustle player or the great outside shooter, may be a stereotype but that doesn't make it not true. It doesn't mean that they aren't tremendous basketball players, but there is without a doubt in my mind a worthwhile (and non-racist) conversation to be had asking if a team can be successful simply built around those style of players.