David West Asks Why Black Coaches Don’t Get Second Chances

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Former NBA journeyman and two-time all-star David West isn’t exactly thrilled with the Knicks’ decision to sign Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach.

It’s no secret that “Thibs” plays his players hard, in practice and in games.

Many players and analysts have postulated that Thibodeau’s aggressive coaching style has risked the long-term health of his players.


Not everybody is opposed to Thibodeau however.

NBA champion and current analyst Kendrick Perkins said that he was a good hire for the Knicks and “the definition of culture.”

Although there was a lot of debate on Twitter about Thibodeau’s coaching style, West’s more emphatic point was about the fact that black coaches seem to get fewer second chances than white coaches.

West also suggested that Mark Jackson, Ty Lue, and Patrick Ewing were three candidates who haven’t been given fair chances at head coaching jobs.

As of today, there are eight black head coaches in the NBA.

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