Wayne Embry Rumors
And, as befitting the insane nature of his profession, he was the longest-tenured coach in the Eastern Conference at the time. There’s pressure on the coach, of course and they’re ultimately judged by their won-loss record. But the GM wants to keep his job secure, too. “It’s always difficult,” Embry said. “The person is aspiring, and they obviously think they can do the job. At the end of the day you have to be satisfied with what you’ve heard and what you know. You want to know as much as you can about the person, part with the money they’re asking for these days.”
Masai Ujiri: I reached out to a couple of people who know Danny well. Both have been great mentors for me. R.C. Buford is the GM of the San Antonio Spurs. He was one of the first NBA executives to come to our Basketball Without Borders camps a decade ago. That same year, he adopted a young man from Cameroon. Wayne Embry is an adviser for our team. Forty years ago, he was the first African-American GM of an NBA team. Both of these men, whom I trust so much, are close to Danny. They have nothing but great things to say about him. The league is a small world. Other people I’ve spoken to who know Danny well say that he has never done anything they’ve seen to suggest he holds racist views.
“I’ve observed Danny Ferry and his family for many years and I can say Danny Ferry is not a racist,” said Wayne Embry, who was the NBA’s first African-American general manager with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971. “I don’t know all the circumstances, but in the capacity of a president or general manager, you have to do your due diligence on players. It is a responsible way to act.”
Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Wayne Embry — the first African-American general manager and the first African-American team president in professional sports — will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Team Operations presented by the Global Sports Management Summit during its meetings May 27-29 in Chicago.