Adrian Wojnarowski: The National Basketball Coaches Association issues statement on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ process in hiring new coach Chris Finch: “It’s always bittersweet when one coach is fired and another is hired. But this is not about individual coaches. We would be remiss not to acknowledge a deeper concern and level of disappointment with the Minnesota head coach hiring process. The NBCA understands and respects each organization’s right to hire and fire whomever and whenever it chooses. But it is also our responsibility to point out when an organization fails to conduct a thorough and transparent search of candidates from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: NBCA: “During this past off-season, we saw many NBA head coaching vacancies where teams led searches that were both diverse and transparent. This must be the standard. We must establish a level playing field and equal access to opportunity for all coaching candidates. The NBCA has been working closely with the League Office on a wide range of initiatives that will improve future coaching searches. In partnership with the NBA, we look forward to sharing details in the weeks to come.”
Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors has been selected as the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season, according to two people with knowledge of the voting. Casey will be formally announced as the winner of the N.B.C.A. trophy — which is named in honor of the association’s longtime executive director Michael H. Goldberg — later Wednesday according to the people, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the results.
The N.B.C.A. introduced its own Coach of the Year award last season, based on a vote of the league’s 30 head coaches. The award is separate from the N.B.A.’s Coach of the Year award, which is voted on by members of the news media.