One interesting thing about the hiring of Mike Brown for the Lakers is that no one seems to care Mike Brown is black. No one is pointing out how long it’s been since the Lakers had a black coach or how he’s the x number black head coach in the NBA.
It’s telling that the NBA has enough black head coaches that one being hired isn’t a big deal or a deal at all. Whenever an NFL team hires a black head coach, that’s usually the headline: NFL team hires black head coach. There are now six in the league (or five or whatever the number is now). I found a Bob Ryan column from January 2009 on the subject that’s definitely worth a read. According to the article, Brown is the Lakers’ first ever black head coaching hire - because Magic Johnson was an interim coach - and the Lakers and the Heat are the only two NBA teams to have never hired a black coach.
It’s truly intriguing because when I say no one seems to care the Mike Brown is black, I mean, literally no one cares. His detractors run the racial gamut and all seem to be against him solely because of his perceived inadequacies coaching LeBron James, and none of his supporters have even mentioned that it’s nice to finally have a brotha on the bench. I wonder if the Lakers thought that Brown’s race would help endear him to Angelenos or if they, too, neglected to even think about it.
This also must be the first time a completely unqualified black man got a high-level position and no one screamed or even thought about affirmative action or quotas.
Maybe we actually have reached a post-racial America.