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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe the league needs to institute a “Rooney Rule” to create more diversity in the league’s head-coaching ranks, but that the league has talked to all six teams with current head-coaching openings about ensuring they look at a variety of candidates.
“The answer is ultimately yes to, ‘Should the teams be able to hire who they want?’ I don’t see a way to operate a league where the league office, the commissioner, is dictating to a team who they should or shouldn’t hire or who they should or shouldn’t fire, frankly,” Silver said Wednesday night at his annual news conference ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. “That’s the other side of the coin.
“Having said that, I know we can do better. We have six openings right now. We’re in discussions with all of those teams about making sure there’s a diverse slate of candidates.
“We’ve looked at what might be an equivalent to a Rooney-type rule in the NBA,