Jason Whitlock: “Draymond Green and Kendrick Perkins don't know it but they're the first openly ‘MAGA’ basketball players. LeBron James is still in the closet but he will join Green and Perkins as an ‘America First’ hooper when Bronny James is toiling in a faraway basketball league in some foreign country. ‘MAGA’ NBA players are annoyed that foreigners are overtaking the league Black American players once dominated without a rival. With Serbian basketball star Nikola Jokic on his way to his third-straight MVP trophy, that is no longer true, which is making players publicly grumble. You just gotta look into the mind of what these NBA players really think. They're bothered by these foreign players coming over and dominating the league. Kendrick Perkins goes on 'First Take' and piggybacks off of Draymond Green's comments to kind of come out of the closet with some Nikola Jokic hate. We know what Kendrick Perkins is doing here, he's playing the very popular ‘race card.’ It's the American Express of Twitter and he's playing it. He's insinuating that voters favored Nash, Jokic, and Nowitzki because of their white skin. Perkins thinks he's in alignment with Black Lives Matter. The former Celtic center believes Philadelphia center Joel Embiid should be the favorite to win the MVP this season. Black American basketball players are losing their grip on the NBA because the league has gone global. In another 10 years a marginal American big man like Kendrick Perkins would never put together a 15-season, $57 million NBA career. He would be out of the league in less than five seasons, and pushed out by a more talented foreign-born player. There's a ton of animus and jealousy directed at Jokic at the moment. Perkins accused the Denver center of ‘stat-padding.’ Jokic is averaging a triple-double this season— 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. It's an incredible feat for a 6’11” post player. Previously, only super athletic guards Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook have averaged a triple-double for an entire season but the whining about the MVP race goes much deeper than the Joker. In a list of my top eight MVP candidates, six of those eight players did not grow up on American soil. Jokic, he's from Serbia. Giannis is a Nigerian raised in Greece. Embiid is from Cameroon. Doncic is Slovenian. Gilgeous-Alexander was born and raised in Canada, and Sabonis is a Lithuanian, and the son of former NBA player Arvydas Sabonis. Just two of the NBA's top players this season are American raised [Morant, Tatum], everybody else raised someplace else. The NBA's open borders policy works just the same as Joe Biden's. The people getting squeezed first are Black Americans. Green and Perkins are too uninformed and too reliant on social media for information to realize what's really going on in the NBA. American labor is being outsourced to foreigners in the name of ‘globalism’ and a new world order. They're so blinded by racial idolatry and left-wing identity politics that they'd rather have their American-born children and grandchildren compete against the entire planet for American jobs than compete against White Americans. They believe they will accrue enough wealth to protect their seeds from the harsh reality of globalism. What about working class Americans? What happens to them? What happens to people like my parents, people who elevated and provided for their offspring with manufacturing jobs that have been shipped to China and Mexico? Open borders and globalism weaken the working class and devalue American citizenship. All the illegals crossing our Southern border undermine the power and influence of American citizens and their vote. By the time Draymond Green and Kendrick Perkins fully grasp what's happening in the NBA it will be far too late to course correct." (Full Segment Above)
Watch Jason Whitlock of ‘Fearless’ discuss the controversial Kendrick Perkins take that has enveloped the NBA the last week, and detail the irony of Perkins’ blasts of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock explains why there has been much resistance and jealously towards Jokic among basketball circles and why it’s only going to get worse.
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