Lloyd Pierce leading racial injustice and reform committee featuring Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, other NBA coaches
The National Basketball Coaches Association is establishing a committee of coaches that will strive to “work in our NBA cities with local leaders, officials and law enforcement agencies to create positive change in our communities,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is leading the charge on this initiative, which will include Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, J.B. Bickerstaff, Quinn Snyder, David Fizdale, and Stan Van Gundy, among others.
The NBCA announced the committee’s formation with a statement reacting to the recent week of nationwide protests after George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis:
“As NBA coaches — both head and assistant coaches — we lead groups of men, most of whom are African American, and we see, hear and share their feelings of disgust, frustration, helplessness and anger. The events of the past few weeks — police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism are shameful, inhumane and intolerable,” read the statement.
“Witnessing the murder of George Floyd in cold blood and in broad daylight has traumatized our nation, but the reality is that African Americans are targeted and victimized on a daily basis. As NBA coaches, we cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage…We have the power and platform to affect change, and we will use it,” the coaches continued.
According to Woj, the 30 active head coaches took part in a Zoom meeting over the weekend, with Pierce taking a leadership role. NBCA president Rick Carlisle and executive director David Fogel said the NBCA will have a call Tuesday to brainstorm how to get to work.
You can read the NBCA’s full statement on the formation of the committee below:
National Basketball Coaches Association Membership Statement on the Death of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/Yc7QNpnVr5
— NBA Coaches Assoc. (@NBA_Coaches) June 1, 2020
The statement was signed by 33 current or former head coaches and over 175 assistant coaches. This is happening in tandem with players across the NBA making their voices heard while joining protests in the wake of Floyd’s death.