Great - none of the above addresses my point (and I noticed she didn't actually get hired?). You're making a statement that's it good to focus on demographic similarities in coaching searches. You're saying that this demographic should not be "former NBA players" or "former basketball players," but more specifically a certain race of coach because the league is 70% a certain race and these two things should track with each other. Then it follows that women, Asians, etc. should expect zero representation in the coaching ranks because they only make up 0-.01% of the player population at a given time and these two things should track with each other.
I'll say it again, I don't disagree with your overall desire for more black head coaches, but I disagree with your underlying argument that it's because it should equate or near equate or approximate or get closer to a certain population % because of the above. I also don't agree when it's stated that players better "connect" with coaches who look like them because of these same reasons, and frankly we repeat these kinds of things without much thought it seems.
I think you are reading things into @wade boggs chicken dinner
comments that he didn't say. To state the obvious:
1. Just from a numbers perspective, black players dominate the NBA (and American basketball more broadly), both in terms of overall numbers of players, minutes played numbers, All-Stars/All-NBA players, etc. Of course there are and will continue to be plenty of white NBA players and white NBA stars, but they are significantly outnumbered.
2. A very common though not exclusive route into the NBA coaching ranks is to have been a former NBA player. Most if not all coaches are at least former college players.
3. Just from a numbers perspective, the NBA coaching ranks are dominated by white coaches. This was esepcially the case when Brown made his remarks prior to Ime's hiring.
4. The players are aware of the discrepancy.
The relative lack of black coaches in the NBA (vs their numbers in the ranks of players), historically and now (and especially back when Brown make his comments), is a strong indication that there is bias in the evaluation and hiring of NBA coaches.
On top of that, the NBA, more than any other professional sports league, is a star player's league. A team's star(s) have a lot more clout with management in the NBA because they can leave. Contracts are relatively short, have opt outs, and there are a lot of incentives for teams to trade dissatisfied stars.
At the time, and now, I read Brown's comments as trying to use his status as an NBA star to put a thumb on the scale against an obvious imbalance. "White" shouldn't be on the list of qualifications for an NBA head coaching job, explicitly or implicitly. I don't see anything wrong with that nor do I think it has any implications for the hiring of female coaches. I think people looking at these kind of situations assume at baseline that NBA teams always hire the best coaches available, and so read a negative implication into comments like Brown's that isn't really there. If parity (or something reasonably close to it) between player and coaching rankes existed in the NBA when Brown made his remarks, then I think his remarks could more reasonably be read that way.