NBCA Expresses ‘Concern’ Wolves Didn’t Conduct ‘Thorough’, ‘Transparent’ Coaching Search

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The National Basketball Coaches Association issued a statement on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ process of hiring Chris Finch without conducting a full interview process.

“It’s always bittersweet when one coach is fired and another is hired. But this is not about individual coaches. We would be remiss not to acknowledge a deeper concern and level of disappointment with the Minnesota head coach hiring process.

“The NBCA understands and respects each organization’s right to hire and fire whomever and whenever it chooses. But it is also our responsibility to point out when an organization fails to conduct a thorough and transparent search of candidates from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

“During this past offseason, we saw many NBA head coaching vacancies where teams led searches that were both diverse and transparent. This must be the standard. We must establish a level playing field and equal access to opportunity for all coaching candidates.

“The NBCA has been working closely with the League Office on a wide range of initiatives that will improve future coaching searching. In partnership with the NBA, we look forward to sharing details in the weeks to come.”