They are generally described as slower, less athletic and less “talented” than their African-American counterparts.
“I don’t buy into all that,” he said after scoring 7 points in the Magic’s 114-102 victory Sunday over the Knicks at MSG. “There’s perceptions, obviously, if you’re a white player. I think you just deal with it from the time you’re 8 on. It’s second nature, you don’t think about it.
“There’s a perception, who cares? Let’s move on.”
Redick played for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was told by a reporter after Friday’s win here against UConn that ESPN announcer Doug Gottlieb had called his team – which starts three white players – ”alarmingly unathletic.”
“I don’t think they really care what Doug Gottlieb says, to be honest with you,” Redick said.
When told of the comments after Friday’s win, Coach K said: “He [Gottlieb] should be an expert on alarmingly non-athletic. So I’ll have to take a look at that a little bit closer because it comes from an expert who actually knows what it feels like to be alarmingly non-athletic.
“Actually, we’re pretty athletic; we’re just not as athletic as UConn. [Kyle] Singler is a really good athlete…But I wouldn’t call us like this athletic team, but we’re not amazingly non-athletic. And I would rather not get into a discussion with Doug because I have respect of his stature and he should have his arguments with people of similar stature. That would be a good thing.”
Duke point guard Jon Scheyer said that Duke is considered ”unathletic” because it features several white players.
“Without saying too much I think that’s a possibility,” he said. “I think there’s definitely a thought of that. We have some really athletic [white] guys like Miles and Mason [Plumlee], for example, and I don’t really hear people talking about them being great athletes. So I don’t know what that means. But I do know that.”
Redick added that the Plumlee brothers and Singler are all pretty athletic.
“I think Kyle Singler’s a pretty good athlete,” Redick said. “I’ve seen some dunk mix tapes of Mason and Miles, they look pretty athletic to me.”