Wat Misaka: The NBA’s (Japanese) Jackie Robinson

Today, the NBA is 76% Black, 3% Latino, and 1% Asian. It’s not exactly diverse, but numbers like those make it easy to forget that at one point in history professional basketball was 100% White. Anyone who cares anything about sports in this country, and plenty of people who don’t, know the name Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball’s color barrier when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Of course basketball, too, had its own Jackie Robinson, a man who paved the way for the 80% of minority players in the NBA today. Though his may not be a household name, his story is every bit as fascinating. If you haven’t heard of him before, now’s the time to learn about basketball’s Jackie Robinson, Mr. Wataru “Wat” Misaka.
 
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Jason Collins’ Has the Support of Bill Clinton, David Stern and More… [VIDEO]

The news of first post today is a huge headline and naturally it’s going to receive a reaction. Though it’s not quite any other NBA players making statements so far, some pretty large figures have already come forward in support of Jason Collins’ decision to come forward and declare his homosexuality to the public. These figures are former US President Bill Clinton and current NBA commissioner David Stern. See their words in the video. Read More

NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Forward as First Gay Professional Athlete

Over the last few months there have been conversations about professional athletes being gay and if it would be accepted in the sports world for one to come forward and admit being gay. Many organizations and players have come forward to support gay rights and LGBT support organizations, causing speculation that an athlete would finally come out. Many predicted it would happen sooner than later, and it looks like experts in sports journalism were correct. Southern California raised Jason Collins of the NBA has come forward which should allow those discussions of acceptance by athletes to take center stage. Jason Collins comes forward in the new issue of Sports Illustrated, you can read some of his story after the jump. Read More

El N.B.A.: Diverse Marketing Or a Technical Foul?

While searching for this NBA commercial that targets their Latino demographic and celebrates this demographic with their annual ‘Noche Latina’ promotion, we came across an article that pointed out huge flaws in this marketing push. With the Latino demographic being the largest growing, such flawed marketing is something for brands to take notice of. On the flip side of it though, is this flaw really a flaw or a nod to separate cultures co-existing in a particular space. Give us your thoughts after you read it. Read More

Jeremy Lin on 60 Minutes [VIDEO]

You’ve seen us reference Jeremy Lin and “Linsanity” a number of times but it’s hard for his story to get old because it hasn’t really been seen before. So with our newest Lin update we bring to you his segment on 60 Minutes that aired over the weekend. In case you missed it just hit the jump. Read More

Out of the Closet and Into the Locker Room: The Business of Coming Out in the Pros

We had posted an interesting video about the relation of gays and major league sports. There have been a few articles about leagues and athletes supporting gay rights yet would homosexuality actually be embraced in the locker room. Today we found an article discussing the money that may could be made by having an athlete come forward as openly gay. Hit the jump to read and let us know if you think this may be true.

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