Milt Newton Rumors

In a league that is 75 percent black, there is now only one African-American general manager, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Dell Demps, while the Toronto Raptors’ general manager is Nigerian Masai Ujiri. Newton now joins an esteemed short list of black former NBA general managers who haven’t returned to the position, including 2003 NBA Executive of the Year Joe Dumars, Rod Higgins, Billy King and Billy Knight. Newton and King were fired last season from the Wolves and Brooklyn Nets, respectively. “I would be naïve to think that it’s not a problem,” said Newton, on the lack of black general managers in the league. “At the end of the day, I don’t want to concern myself with that. I know it’s difficult for us African-Americans to have opportunities to interview for these jobs, to have opportunities to be part of these management teams.”
“A former GM who was successful and who once told me some years ago when I asked him, ‘Why is it difficult for minorities to get interviews for the top jobs?’ He told me that we have to be in a position where we can talk to owners,” he said. “They can sit down with us. Maybe have a beer with us. Get to know us to see that we’re capable and see that I can have a beer with this guy and relate to this guy. “Those opportunities are few and far in-between. It’s very rare for a final decision-maker to feel comfortable that a person not like them is capable of running their team.”