National Basketball Association (NBA) vice president of diversity and inclusion Liliahn Majeed told Reuters that the league is close to getting a female head coach. If this happens, it will cement the position of the NBA as a leader in sporting diversity.
There are already several women in the NBA including four members of coaching staffs, two in basketball operations role, dozens in athletic training positions, three referees and 18 in front-office positions. Becky Hammon, a former Women’s National Basketball Association player who broke the convention after her appointment as assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, was interviewed by the Milwaukee Bucks for the head coaching position last year. Her consideration for the position was supported by Pau Gasol, who played under Hammon in San Antonio Spurs and currently playing for the Bucks.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also sent a memo in September 2018 to encourage team owners to hire more women for all position levels. According to Majeed, the NBA has already developed strategies to address representation gaps and these strategies are designed to build an inclusion instinct or a state where being inclusive will become second nature. She also said the NBA is making deep connections with what she described as high-caliber, experienced women.