ESPN writer J.A. Adande‘s latest column has officially bestowed superstar meme status on the Twitter hashtag #TheLakersAreSoWhite. For weeks, Lakers fans couldn’t help but notice that even with Mike Brown as the first black head coach in team history, the rest of the Lakers are looking a little ’86 Celtics. (Except for the whole greatest-team-in-NBA-history thing. Sorry, this Fishie grew up in Boston.) Luke Walton, Steve Blake, Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy are all white as Wonderbread–not to mention Pau Gasol, who may be Spanish, but is as pale as they come. We’ve met him.
[T]he sight of Blake, Kapono, McRoberts and Murphy on the court with Metta World Peace during a nationally televised game was enough to set Twitter afire and eventually led to a #TheLakersAreSoWhite hashtag that had people of all races chiming in with jokes such as, “#TheLakersAreSoWhite they warm up to Dancing Queen.”
The Lakers are the only NBA team currently capable of putting an all-white-American lineup on the floor. Only three other teams — the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks — have as many as three white American players. Coach Mike Brown admits he’s heard calls from the fans for him to play all five, but so far he has resisted. That’s left World Peace as the odd man out on the court, as if Ron Artest’s name change didn’t make him stand out enough.
“I’ve never had that before,” World Peace said of his teammates. “It’s kind of cool.”