You gotta be kidding me. No I’m not talking about the fact that out of all the more pressing news that is impacting the globe; the chief media concern is Jussie Smollett. Really? If I’m not mistaken, scratch that, I’m certain that the FBI just thwarted a potential terrorist attack by former Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson. His targets were TV journalists and Democratic presidential candidates. Now as a educated Black man, I would want to know about this individual because his vow is to “establish a white homeland.” Wow. But then, why should I should be even be shocked. However, what is shocking to me is the decision making of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
A week or so before the NBA All Star Festivities, the Pelicans relieved their General Manager Dell Demps. To be honest, Demps has been in a no win situation since the Chris Paul and LA Lakers trade was vetoed by Commissioner David Stern, who was the acting owner of the Pelicans. Fast forward almost a decade later and we have the Anthony Davis fiasco which again includes the Pelicans and the LA Lakers. Except this time it was not a NBA Commissioner acting as an owner but the actual owner and front office brass of the Pelicans who axed the generous trade offer from the LA.Lakers. Dell Demps, two huge trade failures, which included potential future Hall of Famers; yeah, your days were certainly number. As, an educator and not a NBA front office executive, I can’t criticize the owners decision to fire Demps. However, I can question who was hired as General Manager “in waiting.”
If you have been following any of my social media pages: Spoken Words (Facebook) or Allmanstuffincluded.blog; then you know that I love all sports franchises from the great state of Georgia. This includes the Atlanta Hawks; and yes I say it with my chest out too. Go Hawks. So imagine my surprise when the Pelicans announced that Danny Ferry would be acting General Manager while a search insues for someone to fill the position on a permanent basis; which it seems the Pelicans have found. And that person is…drum roll please….Danny Ferry. Why is this a big deal? Well if you follow the NBA or if you are a Hawks fan, then we are all too familiar with Danny Ferry and his colorful talent scouting verbiage.
I’d just moved to Atlanta in 2014 and was looking forward to catching some of the ball games from all of my favorite professional sports organizations. Then the Danny Ferry story broke. Ferry was accused of using racially insensitive remarks to describe the characteristics of NBA player Luol Deng, who is from South Sudan. While Ferry said he was only repeating the scouting report from a scout who described Deng as “having a little African in him…nice guy but would have a nice storefront but will sell you counterfeit stuff out the back.” However after negative backlash from Civil Rights leaders in Atlanta, delayed or careful reprimands from the ownership group of the Hawks, and perhaps fear of a possible hit on ticket sales for the upcoming season; Ferry took an indefinite leave from the Atlanta Hawks. Thus, my shock and dismay that Ferry is back.
In a league where the overwhelming majority of the players have a “little African” in them and an individual who seems to look at this as an possible detriment, yet is responsible for the hiring and firing process; it is mind boggling to me how this is even happening. But then again, I recall that is was NBA Commissioner Adam Silver who didn’t think that the Hawks should fire Ferry. I guess he was already in the process of Forgiving Ferry.