First of all if mods find this topic too controversial to talk about, no problem if you close it.
What this topic is about is the interesting way in which race is treated in specifically the sports of basketball.In this very heated subject around the world, there's no room for a decent discussion and people are being labeled for their opinions and even judged based on their skin colour. That's something I do not want to talk about here or start a discussion about it (so please don't mention black lives matter or white supremacists, or any other group).
This topic is more positive because I want to put forward in the way opinions of analysts of basketball players can be conceived as racist, but that this accepted in basketball culture. There's no judgment by these analysts or fans, but they do participate in generalizations of allocating a specific attribute to a race.
What I am talking about is that "black" players are often perceived as being very athletic and "white" players are not, indicated by the expression "white men can't jump". On the other hand, "white" players are often perceived as being very smart and "black" players are not, indicated by the expression "he's an athlete, not a basketball player".
Not only is it remarkable that it's common and basically accepted to say such things, but also that there's a probably a lot of truthness in it. Just look around in the NBA. The most athletic guy on the Celtics is Jaylen Brown or Robert Williams, while the smartest player is Hayward. The discussion of who is the best center is between Embiid (game based on height/size and athletism) and Jokic (games based on ball handling and BBIQ). The stars of tomorrow: Zion (superathlete) and Doncic (supersmart). I can name many more examples, so there definitely seems to be a correlation between race/genes and a specific skill.
And I like that in basketball culture it's allowed that it's not weird or judgmental to talk about players in that way. It's honest and I think it's a great example of how to deal with supposed racism. I really don't know about any other sports, where this is done and allowed and I think it's fascinating and that people can learn from this.
And of course there are enough examples who don't fit the criterion, which is logical because everybody is different. You have "black" guys who are both athletic and smart like LeBron James and you have "white" guys who are neither athletic or smart and therefore won't have a career in the NBA