Hello! It is me, Gordon Hayward, NBA all-star and small forward for the Boston Celtics beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Ever Since I have signed with the Celtics, there has been only one thought on everyone’s minds: so let us address the elephant in the room.
I will be the token white guy in Boston.
The token white guy in the group has a list of his own responsibilities. Someone has to communicate with police officers at the nightclub and discuss what an average sized penis looks like, but I am certainly ready to step up for the challenge at this stage of my career.
This is a role I am excited to embrace as Kelly Olynyk passes the torch to me this offseason. I understand the token white guy is crucial in Boston. It has been since the 2012-2013 season since the Celtics have not had the token white player, and I will add that the 2012-2013 marked a 20 year low in jersey sales for the Celtics.
Let’s be honest. Boston is primarily white. And prideful. Heck, one could even say it is a wicked pissah of a city. And Boston loves their white basketball players.
Let’s make one thing clear. Boston does not dislike their black basketball players, in fact they like them quite a bit. However, Boston LOVES their white basketball players. According to the latest census, it is estimated that 655,000 people live in Boston. Of this total, it is estimated that 720,000 of these people are white and 42% are drunk, while a measly 12% are in a fist fight of some kind at a given moment.
Let’s explore a bit of Boston’s basketball culture, as we go down the line of token white guys through the years.
It is great to revisit the chapters of the past for white NBA players, and now I look forward to making my own chapter in this fine city. I hope the city of Boston believes in me as much as I believe in my own abilities to shine bright and build on this historic franchise.
I look forward to making the previous white legends such as Bill Walton, Larry Bird and Bruce Bowen proud as I seek to bring a championship to this indescribable city.
With love to Boston,