Adam Silver: NBA Needs To Do More To Improve Diversity

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Adam Silver conceded the NBA needs to do more to improve its diversity amongst coaches, front offices and ownership.

“It’s going to take certainly more than we’re doing now,” said Silver when asked the question. “We’ve made progress over the years. We’re constantly looking at how we can do better. The Coaches Association is working closely with us on this.

“First of all, I don’t think there are any quick fixes. I think we want to appropriately respect everyone who’s involved. There’s no coach that I know who wants to get hired based on his skin color, but they want a fair opportunity. Part of that is ensuring that we’re developing coaches appropriately in the pipeline, that they’re getting the right opportunities to interview, the right opportunities to network as other coaches have historically done. As I said, I don’t think there’s any doubt there’s more work to be done.

“I’ll only add that I think the league deserves to be looked at as a whole. Of course, the head coaching position is critically important as representatives of the organization. But I think if you look across the league and its teams in terms of the progress we’ve made in terms of diversity, I would hold us up to virtually any other company.

“Again, it doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to be done and we don’t need some fresh approaches, but I also think we’ve made a fair amount of progress over the years.”