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SneakyQuick

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The first complimentary article mentions his “perceived lack of athleticism “ before saying his shooting skill is comparable in some ways to Stephen curry which is actually high praise for his athletic skill. Perhaps catching at shooting without pause isn’t athletic?

now granted I didn’t watch one minute of him playing so I have no clue how athletic he is, but for those of you aware of his measurables I’d be curious if that is a fair assessment?
 

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The first complimentary article mentions his “perceived lack of athleticism “ before saying his shooting skill is comparable in some ways to Stephen curry which is actually high praise for his athletic skill. Perhaps catching at shooting without pause isn’t athletic?

now granted I didn’t watch one minute of him playing so I have no clue how athletic he is, but for those of you aware of his measurables I’d be curious if that is a fair assessment?

I didn’t watch tons of Manek’s games, I’m certainly not a scout, and I’ll harbor my own self-interested biases. With all that said, I’m convinced that this language is made-up and there are no objective metrics in basketball for “athleticism.” The closest tangible that this usually refers to is a “first step” on defense to shift lateral position and stay in front of a dribbling opponent.

Quite frequently, top performers at the NBA rookie combine have been white. Joe Weiskamp tested tremendously last year, was drafted late to the anti-white Spurs, and rode the pine all year. Pat Connaughton of the Bucks is now a veteran journeyman, but few fans realize he is the closest analog athletically on the Bucks to the “Greek Freak.” Those two players come to mind right off the cuff, but there are plenty of phenomenal feats of athleticism from unknown, completely unsung white players in our sparse NBA threads, including John Konchar, Max Strus, and Alex Caruso.

The NBA tends to change its rules to accommodate its stars. The late 80s to mid 90s were very physical and known for hard fouls and swallowed whistles (ie Jordan’s famous “push-off” finals winner). The introduction of the hand-check foul lent itself to more isolation and dribble penetration (ie Iverson, Kobe, and dozens of interchangeable stat-aggregators). The current analytics era is relatively position-less with a premium on three-point shooting (Stef Curry, Damian Lillard, various all-6’8 lineups).

Think of all the prolific white three-point specialists from recent past eras. Jeff Hornacek, Chris Mullin, and even Steve Kerr are just a few of the very best. So knowing that the game has changed to favor three-point shooting, then seeing the percentage of white players/draftees actually decreasing despite the steady growth of Euro leagues, wouldn’t you think something is just off?

Manek doesn’t pass the “eye test” because he’s a tall ginger with pale skin (which disguises muscle definition - why bodybuilders use bronzer). He’s obviously a prolific rebounder, although we don’t have combine measurements since he wasn’t even invited. If he indeed has a quick, high release from beyond the arc at 6’9, he’s basically unguardable. As a power forward, there are not a lot of matchups that would pull him out to the perimeter to be “first step” liability.

But again, the bar always moves for white players and “athleticism.” Late first round pick Walker Kessler is knocked for athleticism despite topping 4.5 blocks per game in college. Kessler has three-point range, but brick-layer Rudy Gobert just commanded a king’s ransom on the trade market. Gobert is also a rim-protector who needs to use drop coverage against pick and rolls (rather than fighting through / switching off), but where is any criticism at all for him? It’s just a weird double-standard that starts to resemble a fetish.

The last true white “defensive specialist” that comes to mind for me was Ohio State’s 6’2 point guard Aaron Craft. Craft went undrafted in 2013 after a stout collegiate career, never got a sniff in the league of course, and packed off to Europe for a career where he won top defender accolades in multiple years in multiple leagues. Go figure. Check out this CV:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Craft
 
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It looks like McClung isn’t going to make the warriors roster after tearing it up in the preseason once again. https://heavy.com/sports/golden-state-warriors/warriors-mac-mcclung-final-roster/amp/

Check out his preseason highlights. The kid totally dominated!

It just makes me sick. Anyone can see he has the dribbling ability, the passing, the defense and he can score at will. Fan Favorite everywhere he goes so the racist NBA doesn't want him. No WHITE HIGH FLYERS ALLOWED!
 

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Matt Ryan signed with the Lakers. I'm glad he made the team but is he better than Mac McClung? I am having a hard time with the way the Lakers and Warriors dumped on him. Karma's a witch and I hope it bites them in the arse.
 

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I cant find anything that says he is injured either. If I were him I would say f**k it and expatriate to Slovenia, Croatia or whoever has the best chance of winning over there and start a jihad against american mens basketball. It would be a long shot to beat them in the olympics but its better than being disrespected and treated like a little boy over here.
Anybody agree with this yet regarding Mac? Obviously the jihad was a joke and a funny one at that but wth. He should be a 6th man at the very least on any nba teams roster. I honestly believe that Mark Price, Steve Kerr, John Paxton etc I could go on and on would never make the league today. I would even venture to say that John Stockton would never have a shot at succeeding the way the league is now. Jimmer was pretty much a better shooting John Stockton.
 
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Even Joe Wieskamp with a 40 inch plus vertical leap never seems to find the trust in San Antonio. Luckily he at least
is on the team with a normal roster spot but even in the preseason they don't let the kid play more than a handful of
minutes. It's like I've said over and over. Basketball is similar to football as they like to hide fast high flying white athletes.
Wieskamp isn't hurt yet they couldn't play him even 1 minutes in a preseason game Did not play coach's decision. Why sign a kid to a 2 year
contract and then only play the old guys over him? You reallly can't make this stuff up!
 

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Even Joe Wieskamp with a 40 inch plus vertical leap never seems to find the trust in San Antonio. Luckily he at least
is on the team with a normal roster spot but even in the preseason they don't let the kid play more than a handful of
minutes. It's like I've said over and over. Basketball is similar to football as they like to hide fast high flying white athletes.
Wieskamp isn't hurt yet they couldn't play him even 1 minutes in a preseason game Did not play coach's decision. Why sign a kid to a 2 year
contract and then only play the old guys over him? You reallly can't make this stuff up!
I hear ya brother. It does us no good being pissed off even though it’s hard but hopefully pointing out the obvious will open up a few more eyes.
 

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I think the issue is that discrimination is really only possible in an environment where it doesn’t cost the discriminating party. By and large that is true in basketball and football. There are more than enough black athletes to fill the roles that anti-white discrimination costs whites. Sure the overall quality of play suffers but people are brain dead enough not to notice. It’s been shown here countless times. In a perfect world athletes would be chosen for their athleticism and their ability to be good teammates. I think for football and basketball there is something of a perfect storm.

Hence why Pat Connaughton goes to the slam dunk competition dressed like the clown character from white men can’t jump and will not be judged fairly.

It’s easy to hate what the nba has become, the shame is that basketball was once enjoyable to watch.

Fortunately there are enough food foreigners to dispel the notion that only American blacks can play basketball. Many American blacks certainly can but so can others.


Trouble is … who cares enough to do anything about it? Probably no one
 
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