The Bucks reportedly narrowed their search for a general manager to three candidates: Arturas Karnisovas, Wes Wilcox and Justin Zanik.
Milwaukee hired Jon Horst.
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst of ESPN broke down the messy process and the power dynamics between owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan. It’s a fascinating look into an organization that, with Coach Jason Kidd viewed as de facto general manager, already drew major questions about its structure.
But I’m most intrigued by Adam Silver interjecting himself.
Lowe and Windhorst:
With the search bogged down and complicated, NBA commissioner Adam Silver advised the Bucks, according to sources, to consider former Cavs and Hawks GM Danny Ferry, who is currently a consultant for the Pelicans. The Bucks reached out to Ferry, and he was open to discussing the job, but a formal interview was never scheduled, sources said.
Ferry, of course, was ousted in Atlanta after saying of Luol Deng: “He’s a good guy overall, but he’s got some African in him, and I don’t say that in a bad way other than he’s a guy that may be making side deals behind you, if that makes sense. He has a storefront out front that’s beautiful and great, but he may be selling some counterfeit stuff behind you.”
It matters only so much whether Ferry was paraphrasing from a scouting report written by someone else. He said something racist in the workplace. He didn’t stop afterward to acknowledge any intent. He damaged the Hawks’ relationship with the Atlanta community.
None of these things should automatically preclude Ferry from running another team, but they should raise serious questions whenever Ferry becomes a candidate for another job.
Yet, in a league where there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the low number of black general managers, Silver keeps sticking up for Ferry.