A few days ago, after it was announced Steve Nash will be the new head coach for the Brooklyn Nets, a heated debate took place after various NBA journalists said Nash was hired because of ‘white privilege‘. Stephen A.Smith was one of the most prominent analysts who used the term when explaining how Nash might not be the right fit for this specific job. This obviously sparked many controversies that didn’t sit well with a lot of people, and Charles Barkley is one of them.
Barkley bashed the journalists for coming out with these acquisitions saying there were black NBA players hired as head coaches without any experience before that. Double-standards and hypocrisy are something Barkley disapproves of, and he wasn’t shy of letting everyone knows he stands by Steve Nash and believes he can do a good job.
I saw on television today talking about white privilege. This doesn’t happen to black guys, and I’m like that happened to Doc Rivers, Jason Kidd, it happened to Derek Fisher. I was really disappointed. If you have a responsibility, especially when talking about race, you can’t be full of crap; you gotta be honest and fair. Like I said, Steve Nash is a great player and a good dude. I was so disappointed at some of these guys.Charles Barkley
Barkley argues that there is still a lot of room for improving black coaches’ position not just in the NBA but in other sports as well. However, blaming everything on the race card is something Barkley is against and wishes nothing but the best of luck to Nash because he is aware of how complex and challenging his job will be with a team aiming for a championship in the next season.
Black guys have done this before. We need more black coaches in the NBA. We need more black coaches in college football and the NFL. But this wasn’t the right time, and good luck to Steve Nash.Charles Barkley