The NBA Finals have actually started. After what feels like months and months of playoff basketball, the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors are the only two teams left standing.
The National Basketball Association is not a perfect league, not by a long shot. The refs allow players to walk a mile and a half before travel is called, the formation of “super teams” have dramatically tilted the balance of power to the Western Conference and certain players (ahem, LeBron) get calls other players don’t simply because of their fame and notoriety.
However, for all its faults, you’ve gotta commend NBA commissioner Adam Silver. He’s always looking for ways to improve the league and the game to make it more entertaining and fan-friendly.
But a new push from several individual teams is a little, well odd. Apparently, in today’s day and age, it’s wrong to say you’re an “owner” of an NBA franchise, even if, you know, that’s what you are.
Two teams – the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers – now no longer use the term “owner.”
Why? Well, because of the obvious racial undertones, of course. Yes, the players in the NBA are something like 80-90% black and the only team in the NBA with a majority owner who is African America are the Charlotte Hornets with Michael Jordan.
Listen, I get it. It does sound odd but don’t teams have more important things to worry about than trying to be woke? Oh, for instance, how about putting together a team that can actually make it to the playoffs (Knicks, Hawks, Cavs and Lakers)?