TIL that in 1947 Japanese-American Wataru Misaka became the first non-Caucasian player in the NBA.
Look at that amazing hair
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NBA Championship rings over the years.
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Nakase, the Clippers’ assistant video coordinator, is trying to earn credibility in the coaching profession the same way: by proving her worth. She landed a spot as an assistant coach on the Clippers’ bench during the two-week N.B.A. Summer League here, a first according to the Clippers and a step toward her goal of becoming an N.B.A. coach — something no woman has ever accomplished.
“I don’t want to just coach,” Nakase said. “I want to win championships.”
And from a couple of years ago:
[Nakase] attacks the beach workout as if her NBA future depends on it. And in some ways, it does.
The pushups, the sprints, the crawls, the slides — they fortify Nakase and will help her to destroy one of the excuses NBA people will use to dismiss her. General managers and coaches won’t say, “We don’t hire women.” They’ll have other reasons and arguments, such as, “We need someone who challenges our guys.” They’ll have justifications, an endless supply, for upholding the status quo.
Natalie Nakase wants to be the first female coach in the NBA. And when you’re trying to do something never before done, you must first understand all of the reasons you might not succeed.