I don’t think basketball is about black or white, I think the author takes a racist view of the sport, even though this essay was written back in the 70s and maybe it was socially acceptable to mention topics like this in national magazines then. Basketball just like society is a mish mash of styles, people, colors, races and cultures. The lines between black and white has blurred. Steve Nash, a white player was named MVP a couple of seasons ago. It’s not about color or race it’s about style, moves and even grace. Back then there was no Pro women’s basketball, now there are WNBA teams is almost every major metropolitan city in the US. Basketball is a commonality among cultures, races, classes. Basketball brings us together not only to play the game, but to interact with one another in harmony.