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Are the Boston Celtics xenophobic?

Written by Juan Cena on Tuesday, October 27 2009 and posted in SWRT
Interbasket.Net has come out with a list of the Most Xenophobic NBA Teams. And by "Xenophobic" they mean teams that are lacking significant numbers of international players. At the top of the list are the Boston Celtics, which shouldn't shock anyone who remembers the Celtics of Bird, Ainge, and McHale. The Knicks, Pacers, Heat and Wizards round out the list.
That there are teams with little or no international players shouldn't be a shock. In reality international players are in many ways like players who jumped from high school to the NBA. Sure there's LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and some other notables. But there have been quite a number of players who probably could've used a little more time in the oven and played a year or two in college (Kwame Brown, anyone?). It's the same with international players. A few international players like Pau Gasol and Tony Parker have been successful and helped their teams win championships. But then there are international stars like Yao Ming or Dirk Nowitzki who made names for themselves, but still don't have a championship ring to show for it.
It may be good to have international players on an NBA team, but it doesn't guarantee success.

(via Ball Don't Lie)
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Interbasket.Net has come out with a list of the Most Xenophobic NBA Teams. And by "Xenophobic" they mean teams that are lacking significant numbers of international players. At the top of the list are the Boston Celtics, which shouldn't shock anyone who remembers the Celtics of Bird, Ainge, and McHale. The Knicks, Pacers, Heat and Wizards round out the list.
That there are teams with little or no international players shouldn't be a shock. In reality international players are in many ways like players who jumped from high school to the NBA. Sure there's LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and some other notables. But there have been quite a number of players who probably could've used a little more time in the oven and played a year or two in college (Kwame Brown, anyone?). It's the same with international players. A few international players like Pau Gasol and Tony Parker have been successful and helped their teams win championships. But then there are international stars like Yao Ming or Dirk Nowitzki who made names for themselves, but still don't have a championship ring to show for it.
It may be good to have international players on an NBA team, but it doesn't guarantee success.

(via Ball Don't Lie)

Posted originally: 2009-10-27 00:45:00
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