Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr often speak loudly on political issues.
NBA Coaches Association:
National Basketball Coaches Association Membership Statement on the Death of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/Yc7QNpnVr5
— NBA Coaches Assoc. (@NBA_Coaches) June 1, 2020
In describing recent events of “police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism” as “shameful, inhumane and intolerable,” the National Basketball Coaches Association has established a committee on racial injustice and reform to pursue solutions within NBA cities.
[Hawks coach Lloyd] Pierce played a leadership role in the NBCA’s weekend dialogue and has shown a determination to encourage the entire roster of coaches — not just those traditionally speaking on issues of race and equality — to be part of a movement of voice and action within the profession’s ranks.
Floyd’s death was a tragedy that has shaken the entire country. It has compelled many – including within the NBA – to speak out and act.
It is wonderful that people are standing up to injustice.
Coaches also ought to carefully consider how to use their union as a tool in that fight.
THE NBA COACHES ASSOCIATION WAS ESTABLISHED TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING GOALS:
- To promote the profession of NBA Basketball Coach
- To assist in securing for its members maximum salary opportunities, disability and retirement benefits and individual and group marketing opportunities
- To act as a liaison between the NBA and its body of coaches
- To organize regular meetings for its members where information and ideas concerning the sport of basketball and coaching may be exchanged
- To create opportunities for coaches in radio, television, the internet, publishing, and other related activities, and for opportunities in international coaching clinics and international basketball
- To maintain contact with and support coaches between assignments
- To take advantage of current technology as it applies to the game of basketball
- Provide a forum for the betterment of the NBA coaches profession
There might be a narrow way for the union to take action while fitting its mission. But as its letter says, the National Basketball Coaches Association has a “diverse group” of members. The union should be careful not to collect dues from members to spend outside its purview.
NBA coaches are people, not just coaches. I applaud each of them who choose to speak out. They do have the platform and power to affect change.
I hope they find the right way to do that.