- NACHO DUQUE
- ADAPTED BY BEN FELDMAN
With 28 coaches confirmed ahead of the next NBA season, the final two roles look set to be filled by Wes Unseld Jr. and Willie Green at the Washington Wizards and the New Orleans Pelicans respectively.
Unseld Jr. and Green are two examples of how African American coaches are finally gaining opportunities in the NBA, as previously coaches in the league had predominantly been white.
In fact, six of the seven available coaching positions at the start of this summer have been taken on by African American coaches, such as Chauncey Billups at the Portland Trail Blazers, Ime Udoka at the Boston Celtics and Jamahl Mosley at the Orlando Magic.
This has not come about by accident, as a number of teams openly declared their intentions to bring diversity to their franchises this summer, such as the Wizards and the Pelicans.
As a result, a number of talented African American coaches will now have the chance to shine in the NBA after showing their outstanding coaching ability for a number of years.
The good results of this season
Some of the best-performing teams in the NBA this season have been coached by African American coaches, as seen with Tyronn Lue, who led the LA Clippers to the Western Conference finals.
Arguably the most impressive of these achievements has been that of Monty Williams, whose Phoenix Suns are currently competing in the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.