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What Happened to the White American Athlete?

For 12 years Larry Bird was arguably the best basketball player in the NBA(Not just best white player). He won 3 MVP awards and 3 NBA titles. He dominated the NBA for nearly an entire decade. Few players have ever meant more to a city and a team than good old Larry Legend meant to Boston and the Celtics. Since he retired in 1992 has there really been any other white American NBA players as good as him? I have to say no, and it’s not even close. Since then the list of white American basketball players you would consider elite is as follows, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, and Mark Price. Sure these guys were good, Stockton is a hall of famer but great? Now the white American NBA players are Mike Miller, Kevin Love, Brad Miller, JJ Reddick, and Chris Anderson. The only one of them that has ever been an all star is Brad Miller and that was 5 years ago. With no college star on the horizon is the elite white american NBA player becoming obsolete.

In tennis for nearly 20 years Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi dominated the sport. It wasn’t even fair. Pete wracked up title after title while Agassi picked up the rare ones Pete was unable to win. Now, there is really only one white America with a legitimate shot at winning not only a tennis major but even a tennis tournament.

Major League Baseball and NFL football have not seen the same decline as tennis and basketball so what gives? I think that football and baseball are easier sports for a good athlete to have success. Let’s look at a guy like David Eckstein, he is entering his tenth year in Major League Baseball and is there based on his skill but his hard work and effort make up for what he lacks in athleticism. In football quarterbacks and lineman are the most unathletic players on the field. Skill is so much more a premium in both of these sports.

Basketball requires maybe the most athleticism compared to any other sport and tennis costs a great deal of time and money for a person to become elite. When there are other cheaper less time consuming options why stay with the racket. As far as basketball goes a person can only take getting dunked on so much before they decide its more fun to watch the dunks on television than from beneath the dunker.

So will there ever be another Larry Bird, I hope so but at the point I have to say no. I am fairly confident another white American tennis superstar will come along in the next few years. But I doubt any white American will ever dominate the NBA the way Larry Legend did.

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