And-Ones: Diversity, Udrih, De Colo

There is growing concern that the NBA is overlooking qualified African-Americans when hiring top basketball executives, which has led to talk that the league may need to institute a policy similar to the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” Vincent Goodwill of writes. For those not familiar, the Rooney Rule requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for vacant head coaching positions. The league has thus far scoffed at implementing such a change, noting that there are loopholes in the policy and minority hires have actually decreased in the NFL in recent years, Goodwill adds.

We have a long history of minorities being well-represented as top basketball executives. I think it’s a matter of time before the numbers move up,” deputy commissioner Mark Tatum told Goodwill, while also relaying that he believes hiring patterns are cyclical and noting nearly one-third of the basketball operations positions were held by African-American men in 1994/95. “But we’re always focused on committing to a culture of inclusion through our league. We’re not standing idly,” Tatum added.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Beno Udrih underwent surgery as planned today on his right foot, the Heat announced, reiterating their expectation that he’ll miss three months (Twitter link). He’s said he’ll try to beat the three-month timetable, notes Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (on Twitter).
  • Former NBA player Nando De Colo has received interest from multiple NBA teams, but the point guard prefers to sign an extension with CSKA Moscow, his current team, international journalist David Pick relays (via Twitter). De Colo, who last appeared in the NBA during the 2013/14 season when he split time between the Spurs and the Raptors, was reportedly considering a return to the NBA back in September.
  • The Hawks have assigned Edy Tavares and Lamar Patterson to the D-League, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution relays. Both players will go to the Austin Spurs as part of the flexible assignment rule since Atlanta doesn’t have its own affiliate. This will mark Tavares’ eighth trek to the D-League on the season, and Patterson’s fourth.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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