Stephen A.Smith shared his frustration on ESPN’s First Take and went on another rant because of white NBA coaches. After it was announced, the Blazers are looking for a new head coach, numerous names came up in the conversation, with Mike D’Antoni being one of them. According to some sources, he is the leading candidate for that position even though he doesn’t have much success rate with the last teams he coached.
The main reason behind Smith’s frustration is that coaches like D’Antoni weren’t successful even though they coached great teams but are given a chance in comparison to others.
“How many damn chances you supposed to get? The man coached James Harden, the man coached Steve Nash, the man coached Kobe Bryant. All of these guys he had and not a single trip to the Finals to show for it.”Stephen A.Smith, via First Take
Smith was specifically referring to the other coaches who are getting neglected in the selection process by the NBA teams. He did say he is not against Mike D’Antoni being a head coach but not for teams competing for a championship because he doesn’t have the championship rings to show for if asked what is are results he achieved in his coaching career.
“I am sick and tired of coaches, white coaches, getting chance, after chance, after chance, after chance. “I’m not saying that Mike D’Antoni doesn’t deserve to be a head coach, I don’t wanna put that out there. Mike D’Antoni, for a lot of teams, but let him go get one of them retreads and make them relevant. Why he always gotta get a Dame Lillard-caliber, or a James Harden-caliber, or a Kobe Bryant-caliber. Why you gotta have someone like that in your stable? Because there are plenty of coaches that don’t have that.”Stephen A.Smith, via First Take
Even though the majority of comments he makes are reasonable and actually make sense because D’Antoni really didn’t show much, it was unnecessary to throw in the fact he is white. Everything else he said is fair commentary in which NBA teams should look into different coaches, maybe even the younger ones, to lead their teams.