“They are always moving the goalposts.”
Those words are regularly spoken by aspiring and qualified Black coaches and general managers whose vast experience has never been enough to land their coveted NBA dream job. Those words came up again when the Minnesota Timberwolves opted to go outside the franchise to fill their head coach opening Sunday after Ryan Saunders was relieved of his duties following a 103-99 loss to the New York Knicks that dropped the Wolves’ record to a league-worst 7-24.
Rather than promote associate head coach David Vanterpool, who is Black, the organization hired Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch, who is white. To be fair, Finch is qualified for the job, but it’s atypical for a franchise to rush to hire a new coach from another team in the middle of the season.
“What are we supposed to do? Coach in college? What more are we supposed to do? What is the blueprint?” said one longtime Black NBA assistant coach to The Undefeated. “Somebody help us, because clearly what we know right now is not helping us.”
Vanterpool, 47, certainly has the resume worthy of a head-coaching opportunity. A former player whose career spanned 12 years with stints in the…