NBA ALL-STAR GAME ALL-BLACK

As a historic blizzard bore down on the East Coast a few weeks back, a New York tabloid proclaimed the upcoming weekend to be ‘As White As The Oscars’.

Well the forecast tonight will be as dark as the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

That would get an ESPN employee a two-month suspension.

Out of the 10 starters chosen by the fans and 14 reserves selected by the coaches, all 24 of this year’s original All-Star participants chosen happen to be U.S. born and African-Americans.

The NBA has been overwhelmingly black for a couple generations now, a simple result of the sport’s demographics and something African-Americans should be proud of. Just like next week’s Daytona 500 will be contested by mostly white participants (The NASCAR Cup series does feature a Cuban-American and Japanese-American driver).

The breakdown is still surprising in context of the NBA’s worldwide diversity, and Spain’s Pau Gasol and Dominican-born Al Horford wound up in the game as injury replacements for Chris Bosh and Jimmy Butler.

Still, for the NBA to go 24 for 24 with U.S.-born players serves as a reminder that America still dominates the sport. I am also amazed that with tonight’s game in Toronto that the NBA did not find a way to squeeze a Canadian player such as Andrew Wiggins onto the roster, although two representatives of the Eastern Conference second-place Toronto Raptors will play.

For those who score at home:

  • Dwyane Wade – Chicago
  • Kyle Lowry – Philadelphia
  • LeBron James – Akron, Ohio
  • Paul George – Palmdale, California
  • Carmelo Anthony – Brooklyn
  • Chris Bosh (inj) – Dallas
  • John Wall – Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Paul Millsap – Monroe, Louisiana
  • DeMar DeRozan – Straight Outta Compton
  • Jimmy Butler (inj) – Houston
  • Andre Drummond – Mount Vernon, New York
  • Isaiah Thomas – Tacoma, Washington
  • Steven Curry – Akron, Ohio (grew up in Charlotte)
  • Russell Westbrook – Long Beach, California
  • Kobe Bryant – Philadelphia
  • Kevin Durant – Washington, D.C.
  • Kawhi Leonard – Los Angeles
  • Chris Paul – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • LaMarcus Aldridge – Dallas
  • James Harden – Los Angeles
  • Anthony Davis – Chicago
  • DeMarcus Cousins – Mobile, Alabama
  • Clay Thompson – Los Angeles
  • Draymond Green – Saginaw, Michigan
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