Sacramento Kings rookie Nik Staukas has sparked somewhat of a race debate in the NBA after recent comments on a double standard for white players in the league.
Reasons for being attacked
The recently drafted guard made comments suggesting that he expects to be attacked whilst on defence due to the fact that he is a rookie and also because he is white.
Stauskas was drafted 8th overall by the Kings and he is a terrific shooter of the ball who also boasts many other underrated complimentary offensive skills. The criticism of the 6 ft 6 guard is that he is not a good defender, as noted by draft reports according to Yahoo Sports.
In Pre-season action, the Toronto Raptors specifically targeted the guard whilst he was on the defence, the Raptors scored 8 points against Stauskas in one quarter and continued to direct traffic his way as part of their game plan.
The Kings lost the ball game 99-94 and after their contest, Stauskas was asked about the pressure he absorbed during the game, he responded to the reporter by saying: "I understand that I’m a rookie and I’m white, so people are going to attack me at all times. Just coming out there in the game, I felt it right away."
The response may have been just a passing comment by the rookie who isn't quite fully aware of how to deal with the media but his tweet later that day would suggest he may received some criticism for his opinion.
Stauskas later said in what seemed like a regretful tone: "Work in silence, let success make the noise"
Perceived double standard
Stauskas however did claim that there was a double standard existing in the NBA towards the white players.
The league which is predominantly made up of black athletes have unearthed this particular issue before.
In 1997, a Washington Post story explained that white players were complaining that they were stereotyped as only being three-point shooters and that they were a liability on defence.
Tim Legler who was part of the Washington Bullets at the time had been quoted as saying: "You can stop your man nine times in a row and if on the 10th time your man gets around you and dunks on you, you're too slow. It's a form of labelling that goes around in the league,"
Even in today's NBA there have been cases recently of what is believed to be a double standard, Kevin Love who is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers was awarded the title of "Which player does the most with the least?", when asked about the perceived opinion he deemed it the 'White Guy' Award.
More will be discusses after Stauksas' comments, the only truth of the matter is that the rookie guard for the Kings is not a very good defender and something he will need to improve whilst in the NBA.