Is the NBA ready for a female head coach? | The Tylt
Is the NBA ready for a female head coach?
The NBA has separated itself from the rest of the professional leagues in the country by encouraging its players to take stands on issues that matter to them. There is no way they would reject being the first professional men's league with a female head coach. Hammon already proved she could lead men by winning the NBA Summer League Championship in 2015 as a head coach.
Here is LeBron James with his thoughts as reported by USA Today:
If you know the game, you're always accepted. If you don't know the game, it's all about your knowledge of the game. It shouldn't matter if you're a male or a female.
No matter how progressive NBA players are on other social issues, they are still millionaire athletes with egos to match. According to the Washington Post, Mike Francesa didn't back down after saying women couldn't handle being head coaches and he's just a radio jockey. Imagine what NBA players who get paid millions of dollars think.
Not everyone is as forward-thinking has LeBron James or Gregg Popovich. And even Popovich didn't want to take the next step and make her a head coach—even for one game!
There is no doubt women like Becky Hammon know the game, but to say the men of the NBA are ready to have her lead them is a stretch.