Is K-Love The Best White USA Born NBA Player Since Bird?

When Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love is mentioned his three-point shooting prowess does not immediately come to mind; however he walked off the court Saturday night as the King of the outside shot after winning the 2012 NBA Three-Point Contest. K-Love mowed down a field of competitors that are far better known for knocking down the trey than he is including Kevin Durant in a finals tie-breaker as he won the round 17-14.

Those of us of a certain age remember well Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird winning the first three editions of this event back in the eighties and that was the first thing that came into my head as I watched the T-Wolves All-Star clutching his trophy. Seconds later a question popped into my head; is K-Love the most talented USA born caucasian player in the Association since Bird played?

Part of the mystique of why basketball fans have fallen so hard for New York Knicks Super Nova Jeremy Lin, is that he has torn down a stereo-type by being the first USA born player in the NBA of Chinese heritage. Love broke down another stereotype of a sort on Saturday night as he showed a big man who is primarily known for his inside game can still bury the trey.

In just his fourth season in the Association the Minnesota forward has taken his game to the next level this season as he is averaging 25.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per contest. He will be playing Sunday night in his second NBA All-Star game and barring injury looks to be a fixture in the contest as he is just 23-years-old for years to come.

There have been plenty of talented white players in the NBA since Bird hung up his sneakers back in 1992 who were born in other countries including Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. However nobody else springs to mind when it comes to white players born in this country in the Association since the Celtics All-Star retired that brings the skill-set to the table that Love has displayed.

In the end this discussion does not amount to a hill of beans and is most likely a better subject for my past life when I hosted sports-talk shows on radio. There is no agenda here; just a conversation that might make for an interesting night at some bar some where.

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4 Responses to Is K-Love The Best White USA Born NBA Player Since Bird?

  1. kevin says:

    Just like all the other journalists, reporters that cant seem to get through thier thick skulls that they need to leave race out of the equation for sports or other articles… please, lets all hope you lose your job. Fair is fair. If you say that a black quarterback or hockey player is the best black quarter back ever or best black hockey player ever then their is hell to pay. Hope you lose your job. Fair is fair.

    • Jeff Sack says:

      Kevin;

      If you had read the article you would have seen this as the last paragraph of the piece:
      “In the end this discussion does not amount to a hill of beans and is most likely a better subject for my past life when I hosted sports-talk shows on radio. There is no agenda here; just a conversation that might make for an interesting night at some bar some where.”

      Thanks for taking the time to write and express your opinion!

      Cheers;
      Jeff Sack

  2. He did not say 1 thing about any black players you did. Sounds like you are trying to start something that is not there. Or you must not have read what he said. C.E.Y. AL.

    • Jeff Sack says:

      Charles;

      Thanks for taking the time to write and also for having my back. Kevin, either did not truly read the article or else he just has an agenda This was written just to celebrate the maturation of a player that frankly, I did not think would be anywhere near this good when he came out of college. The T-Wolves have a legit star for the first time since they traded the “Big Ticket” to Boston, hopefully for their fans they are able to keep him.

      Cheers;
      Jeff Sack

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