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Conspiracy Theory - The Minnesota Timberwolves Are Hoarding White Players To Boost Ticket Sales
TBI ^ | 10-30-2012 | Tony Manfred

Posted on 10/30/2012 7:03:30 AM PDT by blam

There's A Conspiracy Theory That The Minnesota Timberwolves Are Hoarding White Players To Boost Ticket Sales

Tony Manfred
October 30, 2012

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The Minnesota Timberwolves go into the season with only five black players on their 15-man roster, and some people are calling it a conspiracy.

From Jerry Zgoda and Dennis Brackin of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

"How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?" asked Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul's African American leadership council. "I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance."

That strategy, Terrell and others in the black community believe, is to sell tickets to the Wolves' fan base, which is overwhelmingly white.

Lou Amundson, JJ Barea, Chase Budinger, Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved, and Greg Stiemsma make up 2/3 of the T-Wolves roster, and they are all white.

Minnesota civil rights activist Ron Edwards thinks something is up too, and he told the paper, "It raises some real questions to me about what's really intended. I think, personally, that it was calculated. Is this an attempt to get fans back in the stands? Minnesota, after all, is a pretty white state.''

There are a few problems with this theory.

First of all, the T-Wolves sold 90.4% of their tickets last year, which ranked 14th in the league. Only two other non-playoff teams ranked in the top 15. And they did it with a majority black roster (8 out of 15 players). So they didn't have an attendance problem at all.

In addition, it's clear that the T-Wolves think there is a market inefficiency when it comes to international players. Five players on their roster are from other countries, which is double the league average (~2.5 in 2011-12).

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: athletes; baskeball; blacks; nba; racists; timberwolves; whites

1 posted on 10/30/2012 7:03:39 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Are they drafting them or secretly breeding them?


2 posted on 10/30/2012 7:05:01 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: blam

So. Even if true, what’s the problem. It’s a privately owned business and it wants to make money. If the owners believe they can make a profit with white players, good for them.


3 posted on 10/30/2012 7:07:40 AM PDT by Beeman
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To: blam

How dare anyone else try to play basketball.


4 posted on 10/30/2012 7:08:11 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: blam

Maybe they are looking for fundamentally sound, coachable players who have a BB IQ higher than single digits. In any event, the wisdom of their decision will be reflected in wins and losses.


5 posted on 10/30/2012 7:09:23 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: blam

Unless these white players can compete effectively with the rest of the teams in the league, this is a strategy that is doomed to failure, assuming it’s a strategy at all. Only an idiot would maintain a “white” basketball team simply for the sake of its being white.


6 posted on 10/30/2012 7:09:32 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: blam
What's the big deal?

Famous sports quote:

"We came here because you've got good, hardworking white people here." -- Calvin Griffith, former owner of the Minnesota Twins, explaining why he decided to move the Washington Senators to Minnesota

7 posted on 10/30/2012 7:10:16 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: All

they should try to get another asian player like jerome(?) lin and share the asian fan market.


8 posted on 10/30/2012 7:11:10 AM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Take a look at the Patriots roster some time and compare it to other teams in the NFL. What do you notice? Also Peyton’s teams usually have a high white skill player ratio. Success? Yep!


9 posted on 10/30/2012 7:17:12 AM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Way back in the early 70s I babysat for a Miami Dolphins player (white). I recall his wife telling me people would not pay good money to watch a bunch of black players. Well, they do but I am still thankful for NASCAR. LOL


10 posted on 10/30/2012 7:25:37 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: showme_the_Glory
Are they drafting them or secretly breeding them?

LOL -- Thanks for the laugh.

11 posted on 10/30/2012 7:26:20 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: smaug6
If basketball still rewarded the fundamentals instead of protecting high value spokespeople, the ratios would be closer to that of the T-Wolves. JMO.
12 posted on 10/30/2012 7:32:54 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: skeeter

Dingdingding!!! We have a winner! Well said, Skeeter.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 7:33:01 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: blam

It strikes me that somebody who counts the number of black and white players would be more racially motivated...


14 posted on 10/30/2012 7:34:18 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: blam

I would say the proof of whether or not they did the right thing will be the win -lost ratio.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 7:43:51 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: blam

Awesome! My new favourite team!!


16 posted on 10/30/2012 7:44:59 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian
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To: blam

The race hustlers have no problems with mnay NBA teams being virtually all black, but when one team gets a lot white players ( and the Wolves white players are very good to excellent) well then that’s racism. I’m a huge bb fan , and if my team (Milwaukee Bucks) turns down the chance to pick up a good player of any color, I’d get mightily irritated. For the record, the Wolves obtained two black players over the off season and made a strong bid to get another star black player. Unfortunately for them the latter’s team made a counter bid and they couldn’t get him. So the Wolves got a white player not quite as good but available. That player has been playing great for them in the preseason. At some time somebody has to call the race-mongers out for what they are.


17 posted on 10/30/2012 7:45:13 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: jagusafr

I hate to be racist, but white men can’t jump!!!!

:) :)


18 posted on 10/30/2012 7:45:24 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: blam

But if the team’s front office was 10 of 15 black, then that would be ok, right?


19 posted on 10/30/2012 7:46:58 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: blam
Minnesota, after all, is a pretty white state

It's also REALLY liberal, and we all know how much liberal whites LOVE black people, right, Mr. Edwards?

20 posted on 10/30/2012 7:47:12 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: blam

And blacks have always supported the NHL . . .the PGA (even with Woods)


21 posted on 10/30/2012 7:49:43 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: ilovesarah2012

” Well, they do but I am still thankful for NASCAR. LOL

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Don’t forget the NHL. You should also be thankful for those guys.

.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 7:51:37 AM PDT by Mears
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To: blam


They should go All Midgets.

They would win about as many games.

They would be much more fun to watch.

They might get a TLC reality show out of it.
23 posted on 10/30/2012 7:52:40 AM PDT by j_k_l
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To: j_k_l

lol *cough* lol

That is so wrong

lol


24 posted on 10/30/2012 7:53:10 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mears

Yep, though I’m not a big hockey fan.


25 posted on 10/30/2012 7:54:06 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: blam

I’VE BECOME A BIG MINNESOTA TIMBERVOLVES FAN. GO WOLVES


26 posted on 10/30/2012 7:59:31 AM PDT by Spike the punch
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To: blam

I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy or not, but there will be accountability. Wins and losses judge, and if the team of cracka ass crackas can’t get it done, the GM will get fired.


27 posted on 10/30/2012 8:01:06 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: blam

Perhaps the whiteness is a byproduct of selecting players with other specific characteristics. For instance, maybe the coaches wanted a team with no criminal record, or no illegitimate children. Maybe the team was tired of having ridiculous surnames announced over the loud speaker. Maybe they didn’t want a team of black supremecist thugs who insult the fan base with their words and actions. Or maybe, shock of shocks, these white guys are the best players that the timberwolves can get.


28 posted on 10/30/2012 8:44:23 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: ilovesarah2012
Reminds me of the joke during the 1980 campaign.

Have you heard Reagan's program top wipe out poverty?
500,000 teams in the NBA.

29 posted on 10/30/2012 9:23:39 AM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: ken5050

Would wipe it out for long:

“Athletes may boast eye-popping sports abilities, but when it comes to money, their inner klutzes come out. 78% of former NFL players are broke or financially stressed after retirement, and 60% of former NBA players go broke five years after retiring, according to Sports Illustrated. Broke athletes are practically an epidemic. Read about the 25 athletes who went broke below, and you’ll understand why.”

http://www.businesspundit.com/25-rich-athletes-who-went-broke/


30 posted on 10/30/2012 9:52:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: showme_the_Glory

Hoardin’ whitey?

LOL!


31 posted on 10/30/2012 12:28:26 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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