Some Sunday Controversy: David Aldridge Labels NBA All-Star Weekend As The “Black Thanksgiving”

- By Bossip Staff

Here’s what CNN writer David Aldridge feels about NBA All-Star Weekend (which caused quite the stir in the sports world)…Via CNN:

So, you want to know about Black Thanksgiving? That’s what sports writer Mike Wilbon calls NBA All-Star Weekend. First of all, what you need to know about Wilbon, whom I love, is that he has been known to exaggerate just a touch on occasion. But on this one, he’s on point.

For those of us who cover the NBA for a living, like me and Wilbon — now an ESPN yakker and writer, formerly a Washington Post yakker and writer, and my friend –All-Star Weekend is a long four days of work. But for most of the people who descend into town — this year it’s Los Angeles, with its still sparkling Staples Center and the surrounding “L.A. Live” area — it’s an opportunity to go wild (sometimes a little too wild, as happened in Las Vegas a few years ago) and get together.

Other folks have Tweetups. Black people have All-Star Weekend, or ASW. It’s a national holiday, sort of.

ASW is the only time of the year that people call me. I don’t say that to be maudlin, ’cause most of the time, I don’t want people to call me. (Dirty little secret: I don’t really like talking on the phone.) But they come out of the woodwork this time of year, because NBA players are royalty in Black America, and everyone wants to be near them. The old saying is that ballers want to be rappers, and rappers want to be ballers. That’s really, really true.

Basketball is a culture. It isn’t for everyone, though the game is loved by people of all colors. There is a rhythm to it, just as if McCoy Tyner was dribbling a ball instead of playing piano.

“Considering that the culture of basketball in a predominantly black league like the NBA is so strongly connected to African American culture, the NBA All-Star weekend has turned into a celebration of African American culture by extension,” says Todd Boyd, professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

The season begins just as baseball’s ends, when the days grow short and the weather turns windy and cold. The tempo is slow at first, like the beginning strains of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” but then, just as with Coltrane, it picks up steam. Rookies like the Clippers’ Blake Griffin find their voice, and their game blossoms, as the calendar turns to a new year. While older, wiser veteran players and teams tinker here and there, not much interested in the daily standings, knowing that the important games come in the spring. They can wait.

Does this offend you???

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  • lani3000

    That line, shoild have never been on CNN site, whether we felt it was true or not. It wasnt the correct forum

    • bethg


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    • Laura

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      Whereas Black folks were coming to LA with their friends to see how many ppl they could hook up with. If the women aren’t fortunate enough to meet a baller, almost any warm body will do. It’s a damn shame!!!

  • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals--Me and "we" will piggyback in a thread!

    Ima havta re-read that shyt to decipher what he’s saying ’cause it sounds like he’s all over the map with this.

    The things that some people say to stay relevant.

    **listening to Forever Jones and singing He Wants It All**

  • Mikki

    Why do black people get so mad when someone tell the truth! It is black weekend. We need to start embracing our culture instead of running away from it. We are the ONLY people when ask to create something from our culture we have nothing and when we come up with something somebody get mad. “that’s not us” ” that’s racist” whatever if the majority of your people have certain ways it establishes a culture. So get over it already!

  • purple love

    I thought we celebrated thanksgiving like everyone else

  • P

    Oh please…cut it with the relevant crap.Does not apply.

  • auntie

    … agree with that. “HUGELY profitable” is the key, therefore, “enjoyed” IMMENSELY “but not just Black people”. Please we aren’t the ones profiting in the grand scheme of things, aside from a few hundred people, players, mid level and head coaches, most of whom are former players, and some other admins and other Black folks. I like the comment by the professor. But man, how do we continue to let industries so profitable because the talents of other Black people, the culture, and us as cultural consumers of it make it so profitable .. how do we continue to let stuff like that out of our business & ownership control? Man… it’s crazy.



  • freddyflo

    Let’s call a spade a spade. Yes it’s a very profitable weekend and many are flocking to it. The commentators are trying to make it look like blacks have no business being there, while the whites and “future babymamas” the only ones getting paid. Yeah, basketball is a big part of our culture, and so is spades. U wouldn’t see us attending a bridge or pinochle tournament. Embrace your blackness and plan some events for next year’s game that’s going to make it profitable for you too.

  • WithAllHonesty

    He’s right. I’m not a huge basketball fan, but I follow it and I know a lot of Black people are in love with the game and idolize the players. It is a part of Black culture. That’s our sport, just like track or baseball. There’s nothing wrong with embracing one of the MANY things we’re good at. Let’s continue to prosper in other ventures. Let’s not be one track minded.

  • Getem

    I think if black people stop getting so offended when white or people of any other ethnic groups have something to say about us, then maybe they will let up when they realize we could care less what they think of us. Everytime we get upset about anything they say it shows that they still have the power. We’re moving into a new era and time now. There’s more succesful black people in this country than ever and I’m proud to be black.

    Could care less what others have to say.

    • Getem

      Instead of getting mad, get even. Start laughing at their azzes and make them feel like the idiots that they are. Just my thoughts.

  • ReALiSt!!! ... JuSt HaViNg FuN tOdAy!!!

    Stop hijacking other people’s ish, punks – basketball ain’t our culture…

  • WithAllHonesty

    I understand where some are coming from. Yes, the event/league has some corruption with golddiggers, groupies, wanna be ballers, but are you gonna disown the whole league and all the greatness because of a little bit corruption.

    Everything that has ever taken place has corruption. Religion, politics, history, government, the industry. In that case don’t claim or take pride in anything.

  • Evil but honest, Kim Kardashian


    Nope no way, youre sugarcoating shyt, you know damn well this weekened didnt go off without a hitch, obviously you werent at the beverly center yesterday.

  • http://bossip Pimp4ADay

    @ Derek you wrong for that one. trying to keep all the common sense to yourself 🙂

  • Whathahellizat

    @evil but honest
    Nope I wasn’t at the Beverly Center. As I said I’ve been in Hollywood keeping it positive. Why? What happened at the Beverly Center

  • Nut Sack

    Realist the only one who said something.

    • Evil but honest, Kim Kardashian

      Lol Realist and the word nutsack in the same sentence, now if you just put “ridin” in front of it……….

  • felixxx

    dead @ “nba players are royalty to black people.” REALLY? NO, REALLY?

    • felixxx

      BTW that wasn’t in what this site posted .. go read the whole thing

  • if anything be noble

    My white coworker has been counting down since Christmas to baseball training camp. Like X-ing days off the calendar and telling me “23 more days” and whatnot. Who does this? Aint nobody waiting up nights for no doggone major league baseball training camp but him and … him. Please stop. In what “sport” do you just stand there most the time. Bowling? Someone in my family was drafted last year so I told him the only two people excited about this baseball thing are my relative and him. —- ….What WithAllHonesty said.

    • DR.FUNK

      I’m Black.I LOVE BASEBALL.I played it…and I check off the days (mentally) to the start of spring training.The sport has a larger fan base than basketball EVER will.


    @DEREK D.:

    Tell ’em why you mad son!


    Spot on.


    Sounds like one sports pundit defending the IDIOTIC statements of another.I feel certain that “Black America” has more important…more WORTHY events to rally around.Oh by the way: At a time when league attendance & revenue is significantly DOWN…what would be the point in potentially alienating the MAJORITY of the paying fans who are’nt black>


    Sounds like one sports pundit defending the IDIOTIC statements of another.I feel certain that “Black America” has more important…more WORTHY events to rally around.Oh by the way: At a time when league attendance & revenue is significantly DOWN…what would be the point in potentially alienating the MAJORITY of the paying fans who are’nt black?

  • spade

    im not offended at all by D.A’s statement. I am offended at the notion of my people celebrating a day in November commemorating the white man breaking bread with the native american right before he decided to destroy and take over his land.

  • if anything be noble

    Baseball has a higher fanbase because more white people follow baseball. It’s “America’s sport.” Black people do not follow baseball like we follow basketball to the point that little Black kids aren’t even playing baseball anymore so there aren’t many African American players who make it to the major league. Black people used to follow baseball when there were major Black players to follow (hence the argument of why we love basketball) but we also follow any sport when we’re in it and we add our spice to it (SEE: golf/tennis/fencing/bobsled.) We don’t follow sports made up of nothing but white people because we generally find them boring and we don’t relate to the players.

    • DR.FUNK

      You are clueless.

  • ebonyblonde

    Smh @ all these long comments

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  • if anything be noble

    (And the reason Joe Average Whiteguy follows and relates to baseball is he knows he and his son can be average height, average weight, don’t have to leap or fly, don’t have to be intimidating, don’t have to crush linemen or burn defenders yet he can still dream of a baseball scholarship when he knows basketball or football are not options for most people who are not 6’11” or 300 lbs of solid muscle. People like what they can relate to. Plus, there’s that whole non-contact thing…)

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