Via The Victory Formation:
David Kahn has long been a favorite punching bag among NBA fans for his seeming incompetence when it comes to building a competitor. Now, it seems the Timberwolves owner is under attack from members of Minnesota’s civil rights community. Again, the complaints arise from how the roster has been built, but this time they center on the fact that there’s a certain monochromatic theme among Timberwolves players. Of the 15 players on the roster, only five are black.
Local civil rights advocate Ron Edwards and Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul’s African-American leadership council, have both weighed in.
“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.”
Terrell had the following to say:
“How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers? I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance.”
Is there any merit to the claims that Kahn has built a roster based on race rather than ability? It's not likely and even if it were, it’s a difficult claim to prove. Five African-American players from last year's team were either traded or not re-signed this offseason, but aside from Michael Beasley, none made any significant contribution to the the 2011-12 team. Kahn has denied the claims as 'patently false' and pointed out that the team's roster consists of players from Spain, Puerto Rico, Russia and Montenegro. The T-wolves also made offer sheets to Nicolas Batum and Jordan Hill, both of whom are black, over the summer. Both players, however, re-signed with their original teams. Yes, Kevin Love is white. But he’s also an elite basketball player and quite possibly the best power forward in the NBA.