WASHINGTON – NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new judges joining the league to be women – and he would like to see team hire female coaches too.
In an appearance Thursday for The Economic Club of Washington, DC, Silver said two of the last five penalties from the developing G league were women, bringing the total number of female officials to three.
"It is an area, frankly, where I have acknowledged that I am not sure how it was so mandated for so long. Since it is an area in the game where physically, it is certainly no advantage to be a man , unlike a woman when it comes to judges, says Silver.
" The goal is: To move forward, there should be about 50-50 new officials coming into the league, "he said." The same for coaches, by the way. We also have a program. There is no reason why women should not coach men's basketball. "
There has never been a female head coach in the NBA.
Becky Hammon of San Antonio Spurs was the league's first full-time female assistant. Christ Toliver worked as assistant coach for the Washington Wizards this season, she still plays for the WNBA's mystics in the same city.
In December, Indiana Pacers made Kelly Krauskopf the first woman to hold the title of Assistant Director-General of the NBA.
Among the other topics was asked about Thursday was the NBA's single rule and Silver repeated that he changed his attitude to the question and is willing to let 18-year-old players enter the league.
"I have changed my position. a tough one, because not all teams agree with me on this, says Silver and estimates that about half of the league clubs benefit the switch.
He said that the NBA and the player association are "active" discussions about that policy and he said that any change would probably not happen before the 2022 season, because some teams have already been dealt with in future drafts and for that is the year the current beginner in high school would be entitled to go to the pros.