Black Coaches React to Wolves Passing over David Vanterpool

Minnesota Timberwolves, to pass over qualified Black coach David Vanterpool
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The recent decision by the Minnesota Timberwolves, to pass over qualified Black coach David Vanterpool, who works within the organization, to bring in a white coach from Canada, has reignited a debate about the reluctance of some NBA organizations to hire Black coaches and general managers.

“They are always moving the goalposts.”

Those words are regularly spoken by aspiring and qualified Black coaches and general managers whose vast experience has never been enough to land their coveted NBA dream job.

Those words came up again when the Minnesota Timberwolves opted to go outside the franchise to fill their head coach opening Sunday after Ryan Saunders was relieved of his duties following a 103-99 loss to the New York Knicks that dropped the Wolves’ record to a league-worst 7-24.

Rather than promote associate head coach David Vanterpool, who is Black, the organization hired Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch, who is white.

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