"The Minnesota Timberwolves are too white, according to local civil rights leaders. We've come a long way from the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
That's where Alabama state troopers attacked marchers in 1965. U.S. Rep. John Lewis still bears the scars from a fractured skull.
When it comes to civil rights, I think of Thurgood Marshall arguing against school segregation before the Supreme Court. I think of Medgar Evers getting assassinated in his driveway in Mississippi.
Somehow, Martell Webster getting replaced by a guy from Russia doesn't stack up. Then again, I'm not chairman of the Twin Cities' African American Leadership Council.
"How did we get to a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?" Tyrone Terrell told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance."* Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jayar Jackson, and Rick Strom (Host, TYT Sports) break down this argument, and whether or not it is deliberate, racist, or nothing to worry about.
That was the year they had a bunch of big white stiffs to back up Parish and McHale. (Wedman, Kite, Carlisle and a Bill Walton who was well into the "back 9" of his career). If I remember right, even DJ's backup was white (Jerry Sichting, IIRC).