Charles Oakley Questions Steve Nash Hire, Plenty of Qualified Black Guys!

Smith argued that Nash has no coaching experience and similar situations do not happen for black men: "Ladies and gentlemen, there's no way around this".

The biggest reasons why Nash was even considered for the job is his previous experience working with Kevin Durant when he was on the Golden State Warriors.

Owing to his stature as a two-time MVP and his reputation as one of the great on-court leaders of his generation, Nash should have little trouble connecting with his players in Brooklyn, according to his former boss in Golden State. Barkley says that more black coaches need to be hired, but Nash is deserving of this opportunity.

"There's no way around this".

Barkley named several black people who got head coaching roles in the National Basketball Association without prior experience. "And you get the Brooklyn Nets job?"

"You are going to crush it in Brooklyn!" Smith said that his take was meant to highlight how a person with no coaching experience can land a high-profile job like the Nets in the "media capital" with two superstar players on what many believe to be a title contender.

Clippers' Montrezl Harrell is NBA's sixth man of the year
Harrell averaged career highs of 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in his fifth season for the Clippers. I feel like more than a coach watching Trez do this; I feel like a proud father".

A day later, Smith didn't back down from his stance. "Steve Nash being chosen over Mark Jackson/Ty Lue is not "White Privilege".

But the charismatic sportscaster also had a message for everyone that criticized him.

"In these times where we're making all of this noise about social justice", Smith raved, "Yes, that was the tipping point - George Floyd's killing, his murder, you know violence against black men who are unarmed - all of that stuff is true".

"I'm just saying - damn - as time changes, things remain the same", he concluded.

"I'm not budging from my position an inch". This is white privilege. I'm calling it today.

Prior to that, the 46-year-old was a consultant for the Warriors, coached by friend Kerr, for five seasons.

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