…..something started to erk me about the team the other day while I was watching. No, it wasn’t Coach Ratface on the bench, though that does annoy me. It was in fact, the makeup of the team. It wasn’t that we didn’t bring another tried-and-true “big” with us on the team, or that we only had one big “zone-buster” 3-point-shooter. It was the fact that we don’t have a single white guy on the team. I know what you are thinking…”Isn’t Jason Kidd white?”: The answer…No. He’s half African-American, and Half Irish-American. So maybe we have 1/2 a white dude on the team….
Come on people, this is America. I understand that you have to bring the best players in the league, and I’m not going to argue with that. I’m also not going to argue that any player on the team that is there representing us doesn’t belong (even Boozer is an All-Star). But for a country who has whites as a big majority, there should be at least one white dude.
The white race kept it real on the original Dream Team. We had Larry Bird, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, and some benchwarmer who I am purposefully forgetting who obviously didn’t belong on the squad. Stockton stayed on in 1996 for the Atlanta games, and then poof, the white boys disappeared. Very disheartening.
As I thought about this for a while and how surprising it was to me, I then started wondering, “Well….what white boy SHOULD be on the team?”…..Every white dude I came up with was foreign and either already playing for another country (like Dirk) or wasn’t an American (even Steve Nash is Canadian).
I visited nba.com and took a look at the Top 50 leaders in the NBA last year in points, rebounds and assists. The lists are littered with white dudes here and there, but the VAST majority of them are foreign or European players.
Here are the white Americans on those lists, and the place in which they were in the Top 50 (I cheated on the points one and went a little further, because I wanted at least 2 in each category).
42. Mike Dunleavy
61. Mike Miller
19. Brad Miller
20. Nick Collison
26. David Lee
29. Jeff Foster
48. Troy Murphy
19. Kirk Hinrich
32. Steve Blake
40. Jason Williams
Admittedly, this is not a very impressive list.
So, Mixtape Monster Blog Readers, my question to you is: IF YOU WERE GOING TO ADD A MEMBER TO THE REDEEM TEAM, AND THAT MEMBER HAD TO BE A WHITE GUY…..WHO WOULD YOU GO WITH??
The Monster’s Vote: Kirk Hinrich. He’s played some international ball for us, and is a good solid PG, who isn’t going to give you a lot of points or flare, but isn’t going to turn the ball over much either. My second choice would be Mike Miller, who also played some international ball a couple of years ago for us (along with Hinrich) because he is a decent scorer. But my overwhelming vote has got to go to Kirk Hinrich.
Congratulations Kirk, you’re the Great White Hope.
Your thoughts? Your vote?
Oh yeah, and GO USA! Even without white boys, you still the shiznit.