Good 'Ole J.R
- Oct 9, 2007
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Oh, I agree with you. Not just for basketball, but life in general. To me the issue is overcompensation. Diversity hires for the sake of diversity, you know. Unfortunately forcing the issue doesn't always. And you also don't want to get into a situation where the first few fail and people question whether it was the right decision. Hence my stance that it should be talent > any number of criteria not based on talent.Agree but it'd be willful ignorance to think that there have not been dozens or even hundreds of super talented and strategically basketball intelligent women never given the opportunity to break into the ranks of NBA coaching over the last few decades based on being women.
It's easy and idealist to say "well hey, just hire the smart qualified people" but in reality if you have decades of hiring practices and decisions made by people who either outright ignored entire pools of candidates or marked them down a few notches in comparison because they didn't fit the "traditional" profile of what an NBA assistant coach looks like, then some type of initiative should at least be considered.
The decades of shit hiring practices aren't going to be changed by being forced to do a certain thing either. Lots of companies still find their token minority and then call it a day. Changing sexist attitudes takes full on reformation, not just a rule change.