Almost 40 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech calling for equality between races. He had a vision, he said, that white players, black players and all those foreign players that get called Euros no matter where they’re from would throw alley-oops to one another on an NBA basketball court. It was the sequel to his far-more-famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and while it wasn’t nearly as notable, it certainly pertains to the subject at hand.
“What’s the subject?” you ask. Only the Lakers throwing alley-oops to Josh McRoberts, of course. From the Los Angeles Times:
After watching a video clip of McRoberts jamming a reverse dunk off an alley-oop from Metta World Peace against Dallas, Lakers Coach Mike Brown said that Bryant turned to the team and said, ‘”Wow, the game is changing.
“I’ve never seen a black guy throw an alley-oop to a white guy before.’”
It’s a crazy world out there, guys. Black guys are throwing alley-oops to white guys, Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace, dogs and cats are living together — it’s mass hysteria.
Sure, there have been white guys in the dunk contest as long ago as 1987 and Brent Barry won it the year before Kobe took home the crown and Blake Griffin is half-white so he kind of counts, but still. This is unprecedented. Black guys throwing alley-oops to white guys in 2012? Unbelievable.
Like Kobe said, the game sure is changing. Next thing you know, people will consider a black guy one of the best shooters of all-time. I don’t want to be presumptuous, but it’s almost like racial stereotypes are outdated in today’s NBA.