Ole Jealous

12 04 2017

San Jose, California

It all boils down to this:  LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are jealous that Steph Curry has gotten a lot of media praise and relatively little criticism so early in his career.

Pot kettle black.  So much attention so soon?  LeBron was on the cover of SI as a high school junior.  And as far as Westbrook, he has only been in the NBA a year more than Curry, and in case you’ve been under a rock in Antarctica, he has been the face of the NBA this season.  OTOH, it wasn’t until Curry’s sixth season in the league that he really became a superstar.

If the sports media do disproportionately fawn over Curry, it’s because the sports media are full of white guys who had jock dreams when they were younger, but as the axiom goes, those who can do, those who can’t write about those who do.  Typical white guy in the sports media relates to Curry in a way they can’t to LeBron, because lanky Curry at 6’3″ isn’t exceptionally tall, unlike LeBron at a muscle-bound 6’8″.  Then there’s that other thing — Curry is half white through his mother, and he and his siblings, including his brother Seth who is also in the Association, were reared in a traditional nuclear family.  In contrast, LeBron — “Real” black, raised by a single black mother, which is of course keeping it real.  Aside from the actual similarities and attractions, politically correct sports media white guys have permission to fawn over Curry because he’s white enough to be similar to them, but not actually white so that their adulation would come off as verboten white racial loyalty.

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12 04 2017
Truth-hammer

The guy is a creepy-looking mulatto.

13 04 2017
Nicholas Stix

Blogmeister,

I am glad you follow the NBA, so I don’t have to.

I stopped watching that league when Shaquille O’Neal was still playing.

I was a big fan during until the mid-1970s. But then I was gone for nine seasons, between college here and in West Germany, and by the time I came back, the blacks had decided that basic rules like traveling and palming weren’t for them. Then they would refuser to pass to great but aging white players like Chris Mullin (Based on his dwindling shots-per-game stats). And then, in the late 1970s, they started assaulting white coaches and teammates (Danny Ainge, P.J. Carlesimo, Arvydas Zabonis), or defending those who did. That was enough for me.

13 04 2017
countenance

I don’t really “follow” it, in as much as some of the top line news and gossip makes it to my eyes and ears just through pure osmosis.

13 04 2017
David In TN

I followed the NBA during the 1960’s and most of the 70’s. I gradually dropped off. The rivalries of those years were compelling: Chamberlain against Russell, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor’s Lakers versus the Celtics.

I read somewhere that a fantasy of some new York writers is their best friend is a black NBA player whom they shoot baskets with.

13 04 2017
notsam

That pretty much sums it up for me. Quit paying attention in ’98. And, James is from my hometown.




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