Pelicans Broadcast Gives 'Player Of Game' To White Guy Ryan Anderson Over Anthony Davis
Eric Goldschein 10:49 am, October 29th, 2014
As much as anybody can validate an entire summer's worth of hype in a single game, Anthony Davis lived up to his "third-best player in the league" ranking from ESPN last night by laying down an historic stat line: 26 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 9 (NINE) blocks. Plus, the Pelicans won.
Wins in the NBA are always a team effort, and lots of guys contributed to this one, including new big man Omer Asik and Tyreke Evans. But you've gotta give player of the game to Davis, right? Nope, that (completely arbitrary) distinction went to Ryan Anderson, who scored 22 off the bench:
Maybe the Pelicans broadcast team was worried that they'd be giving this award to Davis all year long, and wanted to give Anderson some shine while they could? Maybe they saw his single-handed 11-0 run to put the Magic away for good in the third quarter?
Or maybe there's an awkward racial component here that people on Twitter will feel obliged to chime in on:
WTF RYAN ANDERSON WAS PLAYER OF THE GAME HIS NICKNAME REALLY GOTTA BE WHITE PRIVILEGE NOW
Guys, don't you watch Bill O'Reilly? There is no such thing as white privilege. That ended in 2008.
Again, the local TV broadcast award for player of the game is probably the most arbitrary and inconsequential thing in the world (Davis was reportedly announced as the player of the game over the loudspeaker in the arena, so, controversy over?), but if you were wondering whether people noticed that a white dude was given something over a more deserving black dude last night, they did.