In another entertaining colum from Page 2, Chuck Klosterman discusses the Adam Morrison/Larry Bird comparison, "the white gunner theory" (courtesy of Malcolm Galdwell), and the guilt associated with same-race comparisons in sports discussions:
...For the past three months, I have heard numerous pundits insist that Adam Morrison is not like Larry Bird, and that anyone who draws such a connection is a languid, biased thinker. It's the most counterintuitive of paradoxes: Politically, it feels as though Bird and Morrison should not be compared, and this is because both of them are white. Which raises a question that creeps into many sports arguments without ever being addressed directly: What do we do when two white (or two black) athletes are similar for clichéd, unprogressive reasons?
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