Steve Nash admitted on Wednesday that he left the line to take over command of the team led by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last week when he was coaching the Brooklyn Nets.
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith was among those who stated that after Nash had benefited from “white privilege” it was announced that he had found work, although he had no experience.
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According to ESPN, Nash said during the introductory press conference. He said that while he benefited from “white privilege”, he believed that the hiring was based on a relationship he had built in his Hall of Fame basketball career.
“I have benefited from White privilege,” Nash said. “I am not saying that this situation was a factor as far as white privilege was. … I think, as white people, we have to understand that in our communities we have a certain privilege from the color of our skin and There is a benefit. We have a long way to go to find equality and social and racial justice. I hope I am a great collaborator in that cause. ”
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“… I’m very sensitive to reason and goal. I’m not sure if this is an example that fits that conversation, but I own it and I understand why it is talked about. We There is a need for greater diversity and more opportunities for African American coaches on staff in all capacities. The league was formed through African American players and stars who have made it one of the world’s largest entertainment industries and sports. It is really important that we keep coming together and fighting at the league level.
“It’s interesting, being such a supporter and all that equality is needed, in a sense, because it’s something that is near and dear to my heart. But I accept it. I I want to be part of the conversation. And, frankly, I want to lead the change. ”
While Nash has no coaching experience, he was in the Golden State Warriors front office in 2015. This is where he would later form his relationship with Durant.
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He played 18 seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He led the league in eight-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA First Team nominee, two-time NBA MVP and five-time Assist.
He retired from the NBA during mid-2013–14 on health concerns.