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Redick will be entering his 11th season in the NBA this week and for the first time he has noticed he is part of a small — and shrinking — club as a white American NBA player. The NBA certainly has its long list of European players. As the team opens their season on Wednesday, Redick says it will be the first time in his NBA career that he will be the lone white American on his team in an African-American dominated league. I saw Chris Kaman, Kirk Hinrich. The best white guy is probably Kevin Love. Someone who has way more time on their hands, it would be an interesting idea to kind of figure out what is happening.
The study said that the NBA was The league was also a record Los Angeles Clippers guard J. That Entering the season, the NBA had 42 white American-born players. The NBA had its inaugural season 70 years ago with a league full of white players.
I grew up playing for Boo Williams. For me, this is kind of normal. Redick was one of five white American NBA players — and one former white American NBA player — who agreed to discuss what it is like to be a white American player in the league. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward were also invited to participate and respectfully declined to talk about what is certainly a tough subject.
Jason Smith: There are not too many of us. You have to have that ambition and work ethic to try to prove to people that you are good enough. To be one of those is an honor to me. If you can play …. Chandler Parsons: We play basketball because we play basketball. Anderson: Kevin Love is supertalented. I grew up playing against Kevin Love quite a bit in college and everything. But, there is no harder-working white American basketball player than J. Kevin Love No. Smith: Ryan Anderson. I played with him in New Orleans. I would have to go with him or Gordon Hayward. There are not very many of us, but there are some good ones out there.
Redick: Is it Kevin Love? Who am I missing? Redick: I remember Rodney Stuckey, who I am fine with, we were in Detroit and he said something to me. I remember we both got a double technical. It was a long time ago. We were all good. But at the same time, if you can play, there is no race.
Parsons: Being white in the NBA, there are a lot of stereotypes.
Same thing with stereotypes. But not hate. That was me on my AAU team, so I was always spotted as the shooter by other teams. You got to gain a little more respect. And, I think that gave me a lot of confidence, going up against bigger athletic guys before coming in to the NBA. A lot of African-Americans that have found success in the league have come up from tough backgrounds or long odds to become NBA players.
Was that the same the case for you? Smith: I definitely came from small-town America: Greeley, Colorado. Not too many people know where I came from. My hometown had 1, people, if that. I graduated high school with 67 people. I went to Colorado State, which is not a basketball-oriented school, either. There were a couple AAU tournaments down near Denver. For me growing up, it was a bunch of farm.
Fredette: Coming from a small town in upstate New York had its challenges to get noticed. I played AAU against the best with the Albany City Rocks, but going into the game college coaches had no idea who I was and mostly were there to watch other players. Harrison [Barnes] was one of the only black guys on my high school team.
Has it been hard for you to discuss the racial tension with your African-American teammates and how to react as a team to the playing of the national anthem? They were sold an American dream. They came here voluntarily. They were forced here. There are so many layers to it. I would say this with what is going on in our country, the things that Rosa Parks fought for, the things that Martin Luther King was fighting for, there has been progress.
In a way, you can make an argument that things are better. But on the other hand there are some other things where they are still starting behind the eight ball. So there is still a lot of progress to make. The NBA is a family. We got a great group of guys that want to talk about that stuff, and I want to see change. There are a lot of bad things going on around. It is definitely a scary time, but I think we all want change. Chandler Parsons No. I see them every day.
I see us as all equal. Each person has their own individual right. Each person has their own individual right to protest.
Smith: We just wanted to broadcast a sense of unity. This country is kind of broken right now. We just wanted to come together as a team no matter what race, no matter what background, no matter what religion. Redick: The only time I felt white in a black locker room is with the Donald Sterling thing. Even when I was a kid, I was not aware. We met as a group and we discussed everything. For me, it was hard. There was nothing really groundbreaking there.
The eye-opening thing to me is when I made it personal, I get why people are so upset beyond him saying something stupid and ignorant. It was personal. Anderson: I like hip-hop, yeah. I think honestly my favorite kind of food is soul food. Like, I love soul food. Like, in college, one of my teammates brought me over to his family, and his mom cooked the best meal of my entire life. Smith: I like to listen to hip-hop, I like to listen to country and I like to listen to rock.
Drake has been my go-to the last couple of years. Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith No. Fredette: I have met many great friends playing in college and AAU. Some of my best friends in the world are black, including my college roommate of three years. I have definitely picked up on slang, music and food as I have had many different teammates from all over the country and world.
McDermott: I listen to more rap, hip-hop in the locker room. I love being around that culture. It makes you realize how blessed you were, you know, growing up. Redick: It does seem there are less and less white Americans. Are there even five? Part of it is the game is faster. Players play in space. There is more of an emphasis on shooting. Maybe they are not being taught in suburbia. I know a of my friends that grew up hoping to have this dream of playing in the NBA. A of white guys, that were point guards or guys that were bigger than me.
I was fortunate enough to make it. I can pretty much name every white American in the NBA. You look at the Warriors and their two best players [Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson] are — at least last year, the last few years — are two guys that are probably more suburban anyways. Growing up around a suburban area there were a lot of activities for us to do.
You know we were privileged enough to play baseball, go to the golf course, tennis, stuff like that. When a lot of kids that I grew up with were involved in a lot of different things. If everybody could do it, it would be easy.
You are not just going against the guys in college. You have to keep in perspective. There are out of 7 billion people. The odds are against you. Gordon Hayward No. Fredette: The NBA will take the best players they can find no matter what race they are. Teams are in the business of winning, and if a player can help their team win, they will take him no matter what race. You are going up against all players from all over the world.
Parsons: The NBA is a collection of some of the most athletic guys in the world. What advice would you give to a young white American kid who dreams of playing in the NBA?I love white guys 3
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