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James Borrego praises the NBA’s dedication to hiring more women

James Borrego

The NBA is become more progressive with each passing day, and Hornets head coach James Borrego is completely behind it’s inclusive movement. Borrego stems from Greg Poppovich’s illustrious coaching tree, so it’s no surprise that he supports more women being in leadership roles in the NBA. After all, Poppovich made Becky Hammon the NBA’s first female assistant coach, and she may be the closest woman to getting a head coaching job.

Recently the Hornets’ G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, made former WNBA star Chastity Melvin an assistant coach. Borrego commends to league’s efforts to accommodate all people with passion for the game and great basketball knowledge.

“I think it’s great and I think it’s great for the NBA,” Borrego told ABC News. “It speaks to our league, the diversity, the openness, the inclusion and I’m proud to be part of that, part of a league that’s open to that. I’ve been around Becky Hammon for a number of years now. These are bright women that belong in our league.”

James Borrego is the NBA’s first hispanic head coach, and he’s led the Hornets to a 2-1 record to kick off his first season in leadership. His fast-paced offensive mentality has brought Charlotte new energy. While the season is young, the Hornets are beginning to look like a legitimate playoff contender.

As the season continues, more women will continue to get opportunities in the NBA as referees, coaches and front office positions. They’ll have the support of coaches like Borrego, players and executives across the league.