“Los Suns” jerseys will be back for game 2 of the series between Phoenix and the Spurs for the NBA Western Conference semifinals which will be played tonight. Robert Sarver, the owner of the team said that they are doing it in order to honor the Latino Community that is present in the Arizona and also to honor the diversity in the league.
And, the moment is just right, as today is Cinco de Mayo, one of the most important celebrations in Mexico, and in a way of protesting against the new Arizona Legislature which was signed y governor Jan Brewer, and that it is already heating that state with a lot of criticism due to the dense racial profiling attached to the law, which was even referred to as “misguided” by United States President Barack Obama.
Sarver, who has been a Tucson resident since he was born, said that he feels quite frustrated with how the government has failed to apply the right procedures in order to have a proper control ver illegal immigration, and that the passing of such law is a big flaw. He is the one that came up with the idea of adding the “Los Suns” logo to the team’s jerseys, but he ultimately allowed players to decide, and of course, everybody said yes.
Gregg Popovich, the coach for San Antonio said that they were also interested in adding a “Los Spurs” emblem to their NBA road jerseys, but it was impossible due to time.
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The owner of the Suns also pointed out that the league as a whole is certainly proud of counting with four hundred players from thirty six countries in total, which they consider to be strength in terms of sportsmanship.
This is not the first time that teams from NBA get closer to the Hispanic community, as for 3 consecutive years, the league has celebrated “noche latina”, an event that recognizes latin players and fans, and which has included the top 8 teams from states with large latin communities: New York, Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Miami.
Of course this has a lot to do with marketing and selling jerseys, but in times like this, it is certainly important to recognize the work of the Latinos in the USA, and, if you want to know more about what the USA would be without them, check out the film “A Day without a Mexican”.
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