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In his initial comments on the podcast, Rose said, "I’m excited about the roster and I assume, and I know, we’re going to win the gold. But I’m disappointed in something. As I do this show every day, I do it in front of a picture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fist at the Olympics. I also know the favoritism that Christian Laettner was shown when he got a chance to be put on the Dream Team ahead of Shaq and Alonzo (Mourning). But they made it so a college player could even get on and gave him favoritism.
"But this level of, and I got a word for it … Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism. Don’t be scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America. I’m disappointed by that. Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad. And I’m not going to take him off the squad and not put somebody else on it. I’m going to tell you whose spot that should be.
originally posted by: network dude
I have to be honest, I really don't give a rats ass about pro sports. Once it became a political entity, I tuned it out. it's suppose to be entertainment. If I want politics, I'll watch the news or come here. But after hearing about this incident, and thinking on it for a bit, I have to say I'm not against this at all. Sure what he said it wildly racist, and he likely hasn't a clue why that is, but at least everyone else will know who this guy is and what's in his head.
I had once wrote a thread thinking all racists should wear some sign announcing their intentions and they should be proud of what they are. that way we can all know long before the first words are spoken, that this person is a racist and concerns more about skin color than other factors. Good to know, and helps put things in context for future reference.
As for the audacity to have a white guy on a basketball team, I'll leave that to those who know the game, and the players.
But if you are a closet racist, come out. Don't hide. Be proud so we will all know who you truly are.
He was the star player on the back-to-back Duke National Championship teams of 1991 and 1992, and the NCAA player of the year in his senior year. He is particularly famous for his game-winning shot against Kentucky in the 1992 tournament and for the hatred he received from opposing fans.
originally posted by: burdman30ott6
a reply to: network dude
Considering Love was placed on the Cavs because of the need to have a scapegoat to deflect criticism away from Lebron James when Lebron James' Cav team failed, I find Jalen Rose's comments to be asinine. Laetner was on the Dream Team because he was the best college player in the nation and had just lead Duke to their second straight NCAA championship... it was an attempt to remain some vestiges of USA Olympic team history by having at least one true amateur player on the team.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
The same Laettner who sank the shot that ended the heavily favored UNLV god team that rolled over the entire NCAA that year. At the buzzer while being mugged.
He led that win. He is a legend.