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Kelly Krauskopf hiring latest in NBA’s movement toward female GM or head coach (USA)

NBA front offices and coaching staffs are predominantly male. But that doesn?t mean women aren?t welcome.

Teams are saying a person does not have to be a man to hold these jobs. You don?t have to be a man to evaluate, coach, and develop NBA players or make basketball-related decisions for an NBA team.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the league and teams have adopted that philosophy.

On Monday, the Indiana Pacers announced they hired Kelly Krauskopf as their assistant general manager, making her one of the highest-ranking females on a team’s basketball operations staff.

And bringing us one step closer to a woman being hired as a general manager or coach.

The NBA isn?t perfect. No professional sports league is. But the NBA has been ? and remains ? a progressive league on matters of race, gender, inclusion and equality.

The league and its teams should be commended for their progress in hiring women in basketball-related jobs in the front office and on the coaching staff.

Krauskopf’s hire is a continuation of what has been happening in the league over the past several years and highlighted recently with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon?s promotion to front of bench coach, Sue Bird?s hiring as a Denver Nuggets basketball operations assistant and Kristi Tolliver?s hiring as a Washington Wizards player development assistant coach.



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