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Kenny Smith on diversity in the NBA and Heat vs. Lakers | First Take

Kenny Smith joins First Take to discuss Adam Silver addressing diversity in the NBA and talks the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals. #FirstTake #NBA More on ESPN.com:

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    Steve Munoz

    October 1, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Yes I agree we need more diversity. Where are the Asian and Latin players ?

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      Xalpha23

      October 1, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Carmelo Anthony is Puerto Rican. He don’t count? I’m just messing with you, btw. 🤣

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      Steve Munoz

      October 1, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Xalpha23 💀

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      Gang time

      October 1, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      90 percents coaches are white is what they are saying lol but race should not matter it who good at it

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      T L

      October 2, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Unfortunately this type of logic only flows one way.

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    Greg V

    October 1, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    What about diversity among the players ?

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      gabriel perez

      October 1, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Greg V I actually agree with you in a lot of ways, seems like you got a pretty good idea of what’s what. But this is an issue , don’t dismiss that. 75% of the league is black, ppl aren’t asking for coaches to represent that makeup as well. They are just saying when it comes to the hiring, treatment and longevity of these jobs , the same courtesy isn’t extended to POC, including even the interviewing process in the past as well. At the end of the day, us as humans when we can relate to somebody, we favor them, and so when a lot of these general managers, coaching staffs, and executives are white they’re hiring‘s reflect that more times than not.

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      Peter Yeshvasun

      October 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Greg V don’t do that here buddy your not allowed to make sense on a bootleg espn channels comment well mainly cause the i.q of these guys is beyond repair natural selection will occur here shortly on a mass scale

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      Zack Hayes

      October 1, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      jjkk678 and more white people coach

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      Ernest Clark

      October 1, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      If good enough u can play.

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      Roger Smith

      October 2, 2020 at 3:29 am

      @Bryan Eddy Yeah the nba is 90% percent black we need more diversity for whites, hispanic and asian.Too many blacks.

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    Maruf Javed

    October 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Kenny wants to coach bad

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      Ernest Clark

      October 1, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      No he doesn’t

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    3way trayy

    October 1, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I really don’t think the 04 Pistons comparison really works. Yes they have a cohesive team with toughness. However, that Lakers team that they beat really beat themselves because of the Shaq/Kobe situation. This Lakers team is just as cohesive and as tough as the Heat, they just so happen to have two superstars as well.

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    Keelan Walsh

    October 1, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    hahahaha what a clown… oops misspelt clone haha. Think for your self.

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      gabriel perez

      October 1, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      You’re the clown

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    Lee S

    October 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Came to see if Kenny was spitting facts today. Not to bad this time 😆

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    BootySnorkler

    October 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Blacks cant coach fr fr

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    JustCallMeRock

    October 1, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    I agree the nba can do better, where are all the white american players or asians or hispanics?

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      Ernest Clark

      October 1, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Not good enough

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      Roger Smith

      October 2, 2020 at 3:30 am

      @Ernest Clark We need diversity in the nba too many blacks.

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    JustCallMeRock

    October 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    These idiots are millionaires and think their oppressed

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    Phoenix Vanquish

    October 1, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    There were 5/30 black head coaches this season. That’s 16%. America has 12% black population. 2 of those black coaches got fired after giving them multiple chances. Doc is most likely back in the league next season so that’s 4/30 black head coaches which is 12% like the population of America. I disagree with this take because you have the same percentage of black coaches as the American population. White people dominate the position because they have numbers.

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      Gamingdoc

      October 1, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      Then “Whites” should dominate the league.

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      Phoenix Vanquish

      October 1, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      @Gamingdoc you can be 5’6 and be a coach like the Van Gundy’s. Athleticism has nothing to with coaching.

      On average black Americans are more athletic than white Americans. They are more fit to play basketball which is why we see an abundance of black people in the league despite lower populations. Coaching has nothing to do with genetics.

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    Vernon Blyden

    October 1, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    The failure of black athletes unifying and forcing diversity has been an still is their biggest problem. The three point shot and the step back three pointer will diversify the league even more because you wont have to be super athletically gifted to be good at it.

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    caper087

    October 1, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Did ESPN get in maxs ear and tell him to change the subject… he shifted pretty quick

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    CODeReDX

    October 1, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Danny Green is not great

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    after work

    October 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Max: 2 Very good players in the same team is bad for the league.

    Also Max: Clippers Clippers Clippers so excited to see Paul George and Kawhi together.

    Man gtfo

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    Obi Wan

    October 2, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Vote vote vote vote….doesnt mean anything if you dont vote.

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    Lesley Harrys

    October 2, 2020 at 5:57 am

    If Kobe was given the choice between Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers, he would choose Phil. You don’t choose based on race, you choose based on merit.

    Kobe would be ashamed of this narrative.

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    Andrew M

    October 2, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    “Systemic ism”!!!!!!!

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    Andrew M

    October 2, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Max we were talking some serious stuff & you gotsta bring up the obvious…

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