The National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) is reported to be forming a committee geared toward combating racial injustice, a move that follows the death of George Floyd. The NBCA released the following statement through their Twitter account:
National Basketball Coaches Association Membership Statement on the Death of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/Yc7QNpnVr5
— NBA Coaches Assoc. (@NBA_Coaches) June 1, 2020
ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce will spearhead the NBCA’s committee and stated the following in regards to Pierce’s role among his peers:
“Pierce played a leadership role in the NBCA’s weekend dialogue and has shown a determination to encourage the entire roster of coaches — not just those traditionally speaking on issues of race and equality — to be part of a movement of voice and action within the profession’s ranks.”
— LP (@LloydPierceLP) May 29, 2020
The NBA community has been vocal and active as nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice continue, including Michael Jordan releasing a rare statement as well as Jaylen Brown and Malcolm Brogdon leading protestors in Atlanta.