From the NY Times:
Once in the Vanguard of Diversity, Knicks Build a Future That Echoes the PastNothing is more Diverse than “All are black.”
On Pro Basketball
By HARVEY ARATON AUG. 12, 2017
A reliable and deserving piñata for critics since the turn of the century, the Knicks are suddenly drawing applause for going all-in on front-office diversity, for being progressively bold, for doing the right thing.
Please be advised: This is not the first time in the team’s long but recently stormy social history that it has been at the forefront of minority advancement. …
With the promotion of Steve Mills to team president from general manager last month and the hiring of Scott Perry to replace Mills, the Knicks have the only African-American president-and-general-manager tandem in the league. … The Knicks did not stop there. Mills and Perry added Gerald Madkins as assistant general manager, Craig Robinson as vice president for player development and Harold Ellis as director of player personnel. All are black.
Hey, where did I hear the name Craig Robinson before?
Like in Michelle Robinson Obama?
C’mon, Jimmy Dolan, go for it: Appoint Barack head coach of the Knicks! He’s got nothing better to do and he’d love an excuse to move to New York with its much better golf courses than DC.
Richard Lapchick, a human rights activist and watchdog on racial and gender hiring practices in the sports industry, is not easily impressed. His report cards on race and gender for the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida have for years statistically laid bare the challenges that minorities have faced climbing the coaching and administrative ladders in professional and big-time college sports.Now that’s diversity!
… He has known Mills since the early 1990s, and worked with him on the league’s diversity training strategies.
… That rings familiar to what was said in the fall of 1979, when the Knicks crossed another racial threshold. Coming out of training camp, Coach Red Holzman cut his remaining white players and began the season with the first all-black Knicks team — which was soon to play Detroit in the first N.B.A. game without a white player.