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Stephen A. & Kendrick Perkins applaud increase of Black head coaches in NBA | First Take

Amar’e Stoudemire joins Stephen A. Smith and Kendrick Perkins on First Take to talk through Darvin Ham being appointed the new Los Angeles Lakers head coach and also praise the continued influx of Black head coaches in the NBA. #ESPN #NBAonESPN #FirstTake ☑️ Subscribe to ESPN+: 📱Get the ESPN App: 🏀 Subscribe to NBA on…

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  1. Puck

    May 30, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I wish they didn’t make this hiring about race. This is a job that nobody wanted, the only attraction to the job is that it’s the Lakers, and you get to coach superstars, but LeBron is a 1 year rental right now, and Russ is going to be shipped out at the earliest opportunity. No 1st round picks until 2027. Darvin Ham was the best available candidate because people believe that due to him being an ex player that he might be able to communicate with LeBron, AD, and Russ better than Vogel could, or better than some of the other candidates. What will they say if the Lakers are sub .500 by the all star break?

  2. MrWCLewis12

    May 30, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    The players don’t speak up about having black coaches BECAUSE they’re smart enough to know that color doesn’t matter. Pro players don’t listen to coaches anyway.
    Hire the most qualified person and that’s it. If you’re hiring for any other reason, you’re in fact being a racist.

    Congrats to Coach Ham. I can’t stand the Lakers and therefore won’t be cheering for your success, but kudos on someone new getting a job. Bucks have been killing it for years so you’ve clearly earned this.

    • D

      May 30, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      terrible take. it’s a reason that tatum, brown, and smart pressed the front office to hire ime. that reason is bigger than basketball.

  3. The Legend

    May 30, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Oh no the race thing is back on espn😌

  4. EMGxUSERx

    May 30, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    50% isn’t enough. The white coaches should resign.

  5. The Legend

    May 30, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Teams should hire the best coach, not hire bacause of skin colour

    • Acid Bath Archive

      May 30, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      Ur right, and they haven’t been

  6. The DJ is King, Not the MC.

    May 30, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    I’m sure that these people want racism to continue. Who cares what the colour of your skin is. It’s the best person for the job. Colour of your skin doesn’t really come into it. Oh sorry. It’s the USA. My bad.

  7. Nicholas Simmons Thomas

    May 30, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Watch Ham be worse then Luke Walton,

    Stop race-baiting.

    • AtumRaAmun

      May 31, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Same as Boston’s rookie coach.

  8. dudeitsrick

    May 30, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Watch them be pissed mid season because the situation he was given and they’re losing if the roster doesn’t change positively

  9. Lucas Ronaldo

    May 30, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Always a race thing with you guys

  10. Carl T. Manning Jr.

    May 30, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Next up are Women head coaches.

    • jon w.

      May 30, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      No way a women can head coach an nfl or nba team…not because of skill level…its too risky

    • Acid Bath Archive

      May 30, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      Kara Lawson and Becky hammon are deserving

  11. JT

    May 30, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    I think this is because old former players tend to be coaches. So then most players in the 60s were white so the coaches after a few decades are mostly white. Then in the 70s-80s more black players are getting drafted however it didn’t take those players until late 90s to coach but then from then on Black American coaches became more and more. There has never been a Black American coach to win 3 titles so far. KC Jones and Bill Russell with 2 each.

  12. Boone Beasley

    May 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    As a black man this is racist asf lol you don’t deserve a coaching job because you black this is ridiculous

  13. Off_mY_mEdss

    May 30, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    U guys got mall the players as it is? Now u want all the coaching jobs too?

  14. ANGELO LAKER

    May 30, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    This is racist

  15. Veedo

    May 30, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Let’s just say it like it is… The NBA doesn’t want white people in it’s league.

  16. Vegeta Black

    May 30, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Do we really care about this? We dont want just good coaches????

  17. Paco A

    May 30, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Good now y’all can shut up about it. You don’t see Mexicans or Asians complaining

  18. Jordan Davis

    May 30, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    You love to see it

  19. Ednut Towoju

    May 30, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Lol perk talking like he got fans, Stephen a is the face of ESPN

  20. USA

    May 30, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Darvin Ham won’t be helping the Lakers lmao

  21. D.J. Mitchell

    May 30, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I noticed in this year NBA Playoffs how many Black and Former NBA Player Head Coaches we have in the League today 👏

  22. blic leak

    May 31, 2022 at 2:33 am

    As a European, I just don’t understand how it is acceptable that skin color is a deciding factor or tie breaker when giving a job to a person, and that it is even applauded.
    Taking away something or discrimination based on skin color or similar is obviously a crime against humanity, but the opposite is also obviously bad, right?

  23. Warren Mazengwe

    May 31, 2022 at 5:47 am

    I unsubscribed by the way.

  24. AtumRaAmun

    May 31, 2022 at 10:06 am

    If it was about hiring the right person, there should have been more black coaches in the league FORTY YEARS AGO. Thats what you folks arguing it isnt about race dont get.

    This discussion is being had in 2022…so it’s NOW that opportunities are being given based on resume and not color. And look at the results. Players don’t care about color, but they do care about being coached by someone they can relate to…be it either former player or mentor or big brother type role. These are the coaches having the most success. It’s just a coincidence a good number happen to be black…and front offices are overlooking that last part to make the right decisions they think are best for the team instead of ‘upholding an image’ like ummm…the NFL.

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