LeBron James would welcome a woman as his NBA head coach
LeBron James would have no issues whatsoever with a woman being an NBA head coach, saying it “shouldn’t matter if you’re a male or a female.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar on Thursday was asked about San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was a candidate for the Colorado State men’s basketball head-coaching job, a position ultimately filled by Niko Medved. James was asked whether he would personally embrace having a woman as his coach.
“I mean, if she knows what she’s doing, we’ll love it,” James said, via ESPN. “I mean, listen, at the end of the day, basketball … it’s not about male or female. You know the game, you know the game.”
James continued on the basketball-is-basketball thought by pointing out Doris Burke, among the most respected sideline reporters in the NBA, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.
“Listen, we have so many female reporters now that know the game and they cover the game,” James said. “I mean, you look at Doris Burke [Wednesday] night, she’s one of the greatest that we have in our game. She knows the game, so it doesn’t matter.”
Given the topic of conversation was Hammon, it’s no surprise James mentioned Gregg Popovich, as the two have a mutual admiration society.
“Obviously, you guys know how fond I am of coach Pop, so for him to bring Becky in there to be able to be an assistant and kind of give her input — I don’t quite know how much input she has, I’m not there on a day-to-day basis — but just having her face there, it means a lot,” James said. “There’s also some female coaches in the NFL as well too. It’s cool. If you know the game, you know the game. I love talking the game, so I don’t think of it being a problem at all.”
It’s likely only a matter of time before a woman does indeed become a head coach in a major men’s sport. And for James to come out in favor of it speaks volumes.