Former NBA Player Says Black Coaches Start With Worst Teams, Then Get Replaced

Stephen Jackson, retired NBA champion, has defended a coach who was recently fired by the Phoenix Suns. He claimed that the team was likely to hire a “white” coach “to get all the credit”, describing this practice as being common for the NBA.

Jackson appeared on the Paper Route podcast and discussed the firing of Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams. Jackson, who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, defended Williams, saying that he was fired too soon after coaching the Suns for four seasons.

Jackson said, “I don’t care whether Kevin Durant is on the team or not.” He added, “You bring this group back together at the very end.” “I said that the team would get another year if they lost.” “You can give this team a second season of training together to see if it works. ”

Jackson referred to a trend in which black coaches are hired initially to coach teams that have less talent, but they are fired and replaced with white coaches once the team reaches a certain level of success.

“I didn’t think they would fire the head coach. Jackson said that teams are quick to hire a black coach to fill the vacant position.

“I don’t care.” “Yeah, I said it, it happens too often.” “The former player claimed that they hire white coaches in situations like this. Like Steve Nash in Brooklyn. ”

Nash’s tenure at Brooklyn ended after only two seasons because he did not win a championship.

Reports later appeared to contradict Jackson’s assessment. Rumors circulated that two team stars had been involved in the dismissal.

Suns Devin Booker tweets “36 unbothered”. Fans and analysts took this reference to refer to Booker’s teammate Kevin Durant. Durant is wearing 35 and Booker is wearing 1, making 36.

Colin Cowherd is a well-known analyst who commented on Durant’s reports. He said Durant looked bad.

Gary Sheffield Jr. is a sportswriter, commentator, and author. He said: “Stephen Jackson earns his living asking an audience who hates America, what they should think. ”

Sheffield stated that Ty Lue was the Phoenix Suns’ top choice to fill the vacant coach’s post. Lue is black.

Jackson played a major role in the George Floyd 2020 protests. According to Marie Claire, they “just had a bond”. “We became close.

Jackson often referred to Floyd as his “twin”, due to the similarity between them.

The Washington Post reported in 2020 that he would not be present because they wouldn’t denigrate George Floyd, his identical twin. ”

“A lot of times the police, when they do things they know that’s wrong, the first they do is try to cover it up and bring up your background to make it seem like the bulls*** that they did were worth it. When was murder ever worth it? But if it’s a black man, it’s approved,” Jackson said.