In isolation, Vern Mikkelsen's talents were good, possibly great. Put together with his determination and skilled teammates, they became the epitome of excellence... a summation far above its parts.
We have no idea if the two Jazz men directly intended to disparage, humiliate, or mock African-Americans. Nonetheless, the process of a white man "becoming" a black man by applying paint is a racially charged act.
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The Cavaliers will retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey on March 8 in a game against the New York
LeBron James refuses to let the killer instinct cage him and ruin his relationships with teammates and family. Yes, he wants to win. Yes, he's willing to work hard to make it happen. However, his perspective clearly includes the help, opinion, and existence of others.
That's a distinctly non-royal prerogative by the former King James.
In particular, at what point does talent outweigh distraction? And when should a "distraction" be perceived as distraction?
By nature, whenever I confront a current-day issue, I instantly think back to previous events that help shed light on the situation. So, it may surprise you that The Onion provides the best summation of American society's general attitude toward talent and distraction.