Day 26: Kyle Korver

Today is Day 26 of the Omer. Hod sheb’netzach. Humility that emerges from endurance.

Throughout his 16 year NBA career, Kyle Korver has carved out a role as an elite three point shooter and floor spacer. Four times, he’s led the league in three point shooting and for his career he has averaged 42.9%. Even at age 39, just having Korver stand in the corner or on the wing, opens up the floor for his teammates because of his incredible gravity. 

Being able to last that long in the NBA, with six different teams, makes Korver an apt choice for the week of netzach, or endurance. But it’s the perspective he gained over his career that makes him the best choice for Day 26, hod sheb’netzach, a day that honors the humility that emerges from endurance. 

That humility is most evident in “Privileged,” where he takes on racism in American and in the NBA. In it, Korver reflects on his implicit bias, his failure to fully support his friends and teammates, the privilege he has as white man “to fade into the background,” and what he can do to fight systemic racism. 

While LeBron James and many others praised Korver for his words, not everyone wanted to celebrate a white player for saying the same thing that people of color have been saying for so long. 

However, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, explains why Korver’s words mattered. 

Korver speaking out about white privilege while playing in front of largely white audiences, however, speaks louder than James, Paul, Wade and Anthony combined. It resonates because it’s rare to hear from white athletes acknowledging racism and the pain their black teammates go through.

Over time, we should all gain new perspective. Our goal should be for those experiences to help us grow in compassion and understanding. Thankfully, Korver stayed open and was willing to learn from others. That growth and humility makes him the perfect choice for Day 26, hod sheb’netzach.

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