Are White Coaches Really Better?

By Roland Rogers,BASN CEO
Updated: June 30, 2011

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NEW YORK, NY—With the recent rash of black coaches across the country being fired or demoted, I asked myself the question was it a result of lack of intelligence, respect, politics or All of the above.

George Karl’s hiring by the Denver Nuggets suggested Michael Cooper wasn’t up to the task and the recent firing of Adrian Dantley as his assist affirms this belief. When Mike Fratello took over the reins in Memphis from Lionel Hollins after Hubie Brown retired, black coaches in the league seemed to be just warming the seat until another recycled white coach emerged to rescue the team and take them to the promise land. Before Herb Williams officially drew his first X & O with the Knicks it had been rumored Larry Brown or Phil Jackson already had dibs on the position but the final axing was done by Isiah Thomas!

It seems there are always a plethora of assistant black coaches behind the bench, roaming the sidelines, those that make sure in practices players adhere to the coaches directives but its reminds me of the way, a long time ago when the house nigga was able to eat at the master house while the field Negroes toiled in obscurity on scraps in the field. His job was to make the crop ready for market.

Do players play hard for their fellow black brothers? Some may argue, yes. Nate McMillan’s Portland Trailblazers and Mike Brown of the Cleveland Cavaliers (now the Lakers) are testaments to the contrary. Maurice Cheeks, Bernie Bickerstaff, Doc Rivers, Larry Drew and Byron Scott were given rebuilding projects so the verdict still out. Still, there seems to be an underlining trend, when its time to put the whip for the final playoff push, the perception suggests white coaches are the preferred choice of team upper management. They don’t want the inmates running the asylum.

It’s subtle but ALL major leagues sports suggest black coaches and managers are secondary in the grand scheme of things, a stand in until the white knight arrives. In spite of experience, recommended by other coaches and players the unwritten rule is to pass them by. The Black Coaches Association has tried in vain to make league owners and universities officials accountable but are virtually laugh at and ignored.

My problem is why is BASN the only ones talking about it.

This had to have come across the consciousness on players, owners and of course of the great ESPN. Is society so hung up in its dogma that’s it’s a non-issue?

Can blacks be that dumb? Can our black sports writers report the truth or is racism such a dominant factor we dare not defy it. I say its the general media and judging by what appears on your local and national daily news line ups my theory is justified.

As long as we are the first to die in movie, are the token black, are the sidekick and not the star, we will always be the last hired first fired. We can out perform on the playing field because we are natural entertainers, the only field that was really ever open to us; but assuming a role exclusively designed for a white the backlash would be forceful and direct.

After watching the documentary “Unforgivable Blackness” where Jack Johnson defiance angered white society to such an extent it created laws to make sure acts of disobedience would never again by tolerated and only by total submission will you be allowed to participate in anything its seems we’ve learned our lessons well.

With every acceptance of racism over the world the white racists gets stronger and our ability to excel in society, business, academia, sports and entertainment gets weaker.

The current NBA lock-out by owners is a reminder to the players to get out or get in line…better still, “Who’s your Daddy!

Where’s a great “Black Hope” when we need them…