Kyle Korver Wants to Talk About Race in the NBA, and LeBron James Has His Back

April 09, 2019 - 12:07 pm

ATLANTA (92.9 The Game) -- NBA veteran Kyle Korver wrote an article called "Privileged," published Monday by The Players' Tribune, that may become instrumental in opening a dialogue for race relations in the NBA and beyond.

Carl Dukes shared his feelings after sitting down to read and digest Korver's article.

"I love the fact that Kyle Korver wrote this piece," Dukes said Tueday. "I love that he's engaging in this conversation. So many people who are not people of color run from this. They don't want to engage in this. They are afraid of what other people might think. Or they are afraid of the consequences of what might happen.

"We have to have these conversations."

After discussing Thabo Sefolosha's violent arrest by the NYPD in 2015 and Russell Westbrook's exchange with a racist fan in Salt Lake City last month, Korver wrote:

What I’m realizing is, no matter how passionately I commit to being an ally, and no matter how unwavering my support is for NBA and WNBA players of color….. I’m still in this conversation from the privileged perspective of opting in to it. Which of course means that on the flip side, I could just as easily opt out of it. Every day, I’m given that choice — I’m granted that privilege — based on the color of my skin.

He later wrote: "How can I — as a white man, part of this systemic problem — become part of the solution when it comes to racism in my workplace? In my community? In this country? ... I know that, as a white man, I have to hold my fellow white men accountable."

Korver's essay drew support from around the NBA.

Korver spent four and a half seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and was instrumental in helping the Hawks to their 60-win season in 2014-15. He appeared in two NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and is currently in his second stint with the Utah Jazz.