And however myopic that may sound, there are haters. One prominent Western Conference coach pulled a reporter aside last year to say he was happy to see the Spurs and the Mavericks competing in the conference finals because the teams "are what basketball is supposed to be about." Asked what he meant, the coach cited the small number of players on San Antonio and Dallas with tattoos and implied that players with tattoos are more likely to be black and individualistic and, thus, less coachable.
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