NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently shared his thoughts on the role women have in the NBA and possible head coaching jobs becoming an opportunity.
In an article on NBA.com, Silver had strong feelings about women getting chances to coach NBA teams.
“There definitely will…And I think it is on me to sort of ensure that it happens sooner rather than later.”
When it comes to coaching, Silver describes why physical abilities have no place in hiring a coach.
“First of all, let me say that I disagree that there will not be a woman head coach in the NBA,” Silver said. “It is hard to say exactly when [it will happen]. There are three women currently in the pipeline, and I think like we have seen in all other aspects of life, while there are certain cases for example, the athletes that participate in the NBA, there are obvious physical difference between men and women and those differences are why we have a men’s league and a women’s league.
“But on the other hand when it comes to coaching, when there is absolutely no physical requirement, when it is not a function of how high you can jump or how strong you are, there is no physical litmus test to being a head coach in the league, there is absolutely no reason why a woman will not ascend to be a head coach in this league. We are very focused in on it.” (NBA.com)
Doug Gottlieb gave his take about Silver’s thoughts.
Mike Francesa also weighed in on the topic.
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