A Cultural Diffusion

In the past, there was only one time of nationality in the NBA ranks. We Americans were the only ones allowed to play in the NBA because the NBA is located where it is. Now, this is a totally different story. Players from around the world are given the chance to play for the league by playing well. A draft allows any player that is at least one year removed from high school to play. There is no discrimination that is used in picking the players. A well represented diverse team is the San Antonio Spurs. They have many players from different parts of the world, from Tony Parker to Tim Duncan.

Is the cultural diffusion that is occurring right now good for the league and everyone else? Without player intervention, there would be less following in the sport. People from China would not have a country hero to root for; people will not find the motivation to follow their hometown players. When people from other parts of the world see people from their country and nationality compete and thrive, it gives them an extra want. It also allows for equal opportunity for all and allows for fans to learn a little about other countries.

Without some of the foreign players who have thrived in the league, we would not see many of the stars we see today. Players like Yao Ming, Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan are all players outside of the United States. We will be used to people just from our place, our universities that it makes it boring. We get to see a totally new side to everything from just looking at how other people from other parts of the world operate.

The NBA is a global thing and should maintain what they have. With more foreign players, more countries will be represented until the NBA is like a community. The NBA needs to reach out to as much people as they can, in order to be successful.

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By Jonathan T Chin