How Jerry Colangelo helped make history for the NBA's first Black majority team owner

Sep 03, 2020 424

BY: Dana Scott

The NBA player playoff game boycotts Wednesday through Friday in the Orlando bubble has drawn support from the league's brass and several team owners, including Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. That support reflects the league's diversity initiatives dating back to former Suns owner and sports impresario Jerry Colangelo paving the way for the NBA's first Black majority team owner nearly 20 years ago.

During a segment on ESPN's Thursday episode of The Jump, the panel discussed future possibilities of the league diversifying its 30 team owners with more people of color. ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith reminded the show’s panel how Colangelo enabled Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder  Robert Johnson to purchase the Charlotte Hornets in 2002.

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