*A Minnesota legislator sees nothing racist about his tweet suggesting that the NBA, (in which three-fourths of the players are black), is full of criminals.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”
His post has drawn hundreds of comments — some branding him a racist and others using statistics to rebut the idea of rampant violations in the NBA compared to American society in general — and been retweeted more than 1,100 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.”
Former NBA player Dominique Wilkins competes in the shooting stars competition during NBA All-Star Saturday Night basketball Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Houston.
*NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is giving the side eye to LeBron James’ career-high and Miami Heat franchise-high 61 point outing against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday, reports Ball Don’t Lie.
The game has been the source of much discussion already, reigniting the MVP race with Kevin Durant and raising more questions about LeBron’s place in NBA history.
Wilkins, for one, came up with a list of reasons why James’ scoring frenzy was not really that historic.
*A new history maker!
Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the NBA this week.
And now his Brooklyn Nets jersey is selling like hot cakes.
Collins signed a 10-day contract yet he’s become a popular player with the Nets.
Eastern Conference All-Star Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat walks off the court after the Sears Shooting Stars Competition 2014 as part of the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana
*With the NFL considering a rule that would penalize use of the N-word during games, Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was asked if he would support a similar ban in the NBA.
“It’s a very tough situation,” Bosh told reporters after Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks. “If that’s the case, they should ban all slurs. And I know it’s a big deal, because I think that word is used too much, especially in the mainstream nowadays.”
Bosh, who is black, said he hears the N-word used by players during games and that it creates uncomfortable situations, although he says it’s used primarily “in a friendly” way.
*Dang it! Fans really wanted to believe he could fly!
But let’s guess he’s staying on the court, not film.
LeBron James was rumored to star in “Space Jam 2.”
But reps for the Miami Heat star confirmed that’s not happening.
*Many times, it only takes one parent to raise an amazing child!
Well, this is the case for LeBron James. He was raised by a single mother.
His father wasn’t in the picture. And James wrote an open letter to his father about it.