Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns respects his team decision to hire Chris Finch as their new head coach but has called for more diversity in the NBA. After starting the season with a 7-24 record, the Timberwolves fired head coach Ryan Saunders and shortly after hired Finch.
Towns learned the news from the media and some NBA stars such as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum couldn't believe that the Timberwolves didn't give the head coaching job to their long-time assistant David Vanterpool.
"I was eating my Joe's Pizza in New York with my father and the next thing you know, news came out and we were all shocked," Towns said, per ESPN.
Towns spoke positively of Vanterpool
"I'd be remiss if I didn't come on here and mention the amazing work that men of color are doing in this world.
Not only in every other sport and through social justice and every other part of this world and in the organization or whatever the case may be, but for basketball," Towns said. "For what my job is, there's a lot of amazing men of color out there that deserve the opportunity to lead a team and to run an organization and have a chance to make their mark in this league not with a jersey on but with a suit on.
And, I say that with meaning. "But, like I said, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the amazing work David Vanterpool has put in, and as a man who looks like me, I can't wait to see him get a job where he can flourish and be a head coach and run a team.
We're so honored and blessed to have him here on this coaching staff and get to continue learning from him and soak up all the wisdom and experience he has from playing professional and also from being a coach. And, with all that experience and with all that wisdom and just knowledge, it makes us that much better as a team, it makes us that much better as a coaching staff and it makes our new head coach, it just gives him so many weapons."
Towns simply hopes more African-American coaches will have jobs in the NBA. "As a man of color myself, you would love to see more coaches that resemble what me and you look like on the sidelines, but you've got to support the organization in everything you do and understand," Towns said.
"I understand how everything is, but at the end of the day, the organization made the choice that they felt was best for this organization and you've got to be a professional in all of this.