The Brooklyn Nets have finally announced Steve Nash as their new head coach and the former point guard is already making headlines. The Canadian legend is well aware that his signing brought some controversy and he admitted that ‘white privilege’ is a thing in the US. With no prior experience coaching a team, the Nets’ front office picked him as the leader of their new project, raising a lot of eyebrows in the league.
Nash addressed this situation on Wednesday morning during his introductory press conference. The Phoenix Suns legend admitted that white privilege is real in America, but he doesn’t feel like that had to do something with his signing.
“I have benefited from white privilege. Our society has a lot of ground to make up,” Nash said, via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
“I’m not saying this position was a factor, as far as white privilege,” Nash said. “As white people, we have to understand we are served a privilege and benefit by the color of our skin and our communities. We have a long way to go to find equality and social and racial justice. I hope that I’m a great ally to that cause. …
“I’m very sensitive to the cause and the goal. I’m not sure that this is an example that purely fits that conversation. But I own it, and I understand why it’s important to talk about it and that we need more diversity and more opportunity for African-American coaches and staff in all capacities.”
People tend to forget that this isn’t the first time this happens in the league. Nash is a point guard; point guards are always in communication with head coaches so Nash was a good candidate to take the job. Throughout history, several PGs has taken a coaching job without any prior experience, including Isiah Thomas, Doc Rivers, Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd. If you want to talk about white privilege here, out of this list, only Kidd was white.
Nash will go down as one of the best point guards in the history of the league. He has a great relationship with Kevin Durant and that certainly was a bigger factor for his signing than his skin color. The Nets will try to compete Nets year once that KD and Kyrie Irving are healthy and their new head coach is ready to roll at the Barclays Center.