As the USA Senior Men’s Basketball Team receive their gold medals on the stand and catalog the moment, one has to wonder what type of reception they’ll get when they finally get home.
After an eight year drought, the gold is rightfully where it belongs.
I’m not a negative person–I assure you–but it’s hard not to feel a sense America at large (well at least the media) wanted this team to lose. As one of our readers put it in an email, “I’d rather cheer for the underdog than for the Olympic team.”
Really? How can that be?
Is that exclusive of Americans?
Blacks get called unpatriotic all the time even though there’s been many injustices done to them under the flag, but there are Whites–and Blacks–who are openly rooting against our sons? What is that? What lies beneath that unfortunate and incredulous sentiment? Those who root against our countrymen, what are they telling their sons? As NYOIl spits in on one of his tracks off his classic CD Hood Treason: “This is the hate that love made.”
I write this to document what is to come. That’s our job here. If we write these stories beforehand, we have a chance to change the culture of hate (by giving readers something objective and if you think mainstream journalists aren’t reading this site, you are mistaken). The hate that smacks sheeple in their faces with a brick and is never apologetic–even to their sons.
I understand how the media makes money.
No news is bad news. Bad news is good news. Black news is great news.
When are people going to see what really goes on and speak out? Why does it always have to be us and Sports On My Mind? If there is someone out there that I’m missing, please shoot me an email. Why are cats toeing the line as if they really are getting a couple of pennies flicked in their eyes?
Yes, I’m proud that we won. Yes I’m proud for the team–especially those who lost in 2004 and 2006. But I would be remiss not to call out what I know is coming. What is coming is commentary about how close this game was. It was a gold medal game! What is coming is that people will want amateurs back on this team. What is coming is the question of why there weren’t any White players on this team.
What I want you to understand is that brothas on this site and SOMM are in the field, so we see and notice words and attitudes the average fan might not pick up on. The same could be said for any field.
Mike Breen had a chance to cement his voice in history by correctly putting Kobe’s four point play in the annals of legendary announcing sound bites. Instead, he’d rather go with the status quo and sit on his voice box. Put me in that moment and I would have kicked it good and hood like Andres Cantor does it every single time someone scores a goal.
But no, he’d rather echo the sentiment of the mainstream. Sad for you Mike Breen.
What America should understand is that you did nothing more but galvanize the psyche of these ridiculous athletic performers and set them up for what are going to be amazing careers.
Flash showed what everyone forgot this tournament and I expect him to win the NBA MVP award next year. Tim Grover added inches to Wade’s vertical and to witness his strength going to the basket should remind us all that he’s a top flight player in the world.
LeBron did the things we don’t usually see out of him during the NBA season in terms of rebounding, hustling and defense. He really stepped up and did what he had to do. Thanks LeBron.
Chris Bosh was another difference maker. He’s versatile enough to handle the international game with ease and his play in the tournament was very impressive.
Chris Paul and Deron Williams give us a glimpse of what we are going to be privileged to see for many years. The NBA is in good shape with these two running the show. Just think, they may be going at it in the Western Conference Finals for years. They seemed to soak up everything Jason Kidd explained to them. It was refreshing to see them listening intently to Jason’s instructions during timeouts.
What else can you say about Kobe Bean Bryant? Some would say he struggled and couldn’t quite play the FIBA way, but what about this…
I wonder where Kobe’s desire comes from? Do you think some of his fire has something to do with how he’s perceived in the US? Could you imagine being a player in the United States, get booed by your own, and then have to come home to something you know isn’t genuine?
I was a little miffed that NBC producers didn’t document the travels of USA Basketball after their win. It was crazy that moments after their big win, NBC went straight to a little Olympic feature beginning with Michael Phelps.
What does that say?
Does that lock down what I’ve said here to give viewers a reality check because there wasn’t an undying for USA Basketball to win the gold? Why all the talk of them being in and out of events? Why all the talk about them being committed to their country unlike past NBA performers? Why aren’t other athletes spoken about in this regard? Why all the drama about this team? Why were they more heavily scrutinized than anyone in these games?
Knowing some of these players personally, I’m sure they’ll tell you the above sentiment doesn’t stick pubicly, but deep down they have to be conflicted on so many levels but they are proud of themselves because they did it with the world watching, some hating, some loving. Kobe and Wade were relieved as hell to win the gold and it physically showed. The problem is that I saw the persona of Michael Jordan riding through their veins and that my friends is not well and good.
When I spoke to Kareem Abdul Jabbar during the NBA Finals, he told me he was disappointed in the lack of philanthropy and consciousness from our athletes (all not just Black) en masse.
I agree with you Kareem 1000%
I’m getting off base here, but try to deal with the flow. We are in the throes of another Roman Empire in America. People are most likely the nastiest they’ve ever been. We scream and hate those who have sick talent. Folks want to bring them down because of jealousy and envy and also because not everyone is a good guy. The one thing I do as a journalist is to see these athletes as peers. I don’t feel inferior around them and it makes for a better and more comfortable conversation. The athletes appreciate the comfort–and also the honesty. They know they can go to guys like Anthony Gilbert, Chris Broussard, Dave Zirin, David Aldridge, Scoop Jackson and Michael Smith (sorry if I’m forgetting anyone) and be taken care of. Yes, we all can be objective, but you can only relate if you are in the locker room in front of their faces.
These cats are people too. They live, they love, they hurt, they fight, they cry, they smile, they can be mad, but mostly, they want to be happy. Why can’t people understand this? It’s not all about the money. It’s not all about the ladies. It’s not all about the crazy benefits they receive because of their stature, they just want to come home, kick off their shoes and fall asleep to great music, a warm supporting and loving mate with a smile on their face.
These men sacrificed three years away from their families to bring home the gold. Of course they did it for themselves, but they also did it for you. So what they make crazy amounts of money. They took care of business despite everything that was going on around them.
Give them some respect because if the shoe was on the other foot, you’d want it too.
Another disappointment is the absence of Black journalists decrying the mainstream criticism heaped on this team. What are you waiting for ladies and gentleman?
It’s time to put up or shut up!