HoopsHype Race rumors
Teams with whiter fan bases tended to have whiter rosters than teams with less-white fan bases (although at p=0.06, this difference wasn't quite significant by standard measures), while teams with blacker fan bases tended to have blacker rosters than teams with fewer black fans (p=0.01). Deadspin
Not so fast, though. The white fan base vs. white player trend is very dependent on two teams: the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Take those teams out, and the trend becomes insignificant (r=0.12, p=.55). If you also remove the Wizards, a black team with a large black fan base, the trend disappears (r=0.04). The black fan base vs. black players trend is more resilient, but its significance also decreases as you start removing the most influential teams (p=0.08 without the Jazz and T'Wolves; p=0.21 if you also cut out the Wizards). Deadspin
And since we're on the topic of NBA executives and race, let's not forget about the Clippers. The embattled L.A. franchise had the third-fewest white players of any NBA team over the last 15 years (13 percent). That's a lot of "beautiful black bodies" for Donald Sterling to admire. Deadspin
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