The Golden State Warriors have beaten the New York Knicks to the signing of head coach, Steve Kerr but now one Warriors' player has questioned whether the coaching change was completely legitimate.
Talking to the Bleacher Report, a player who asked to remain anonymous said:
"Guys are going to look at it from a race standpoint. It shows what this was all about when they cut him as quick as they did. Guys question, 'Is this really about winning or is it about the way you want the place to look like?"
These questions should be taken pretty seriously by the NBA considering the recent release of the Donald Sterling racist remarks.
Certainly it does seem strange that a black head coach that had led the Warriors to two consecutive winning seasons after four consecutive losing seasons would be fired, only to be replaced by a white head coach with no previous coaching experience.
There is of course no suggestion of racism against the Warriors' organization but it may be difficult for Kerr to come into a place where the previous regime was so well loved amidst these questions.
In addition, Kerr signed a contract for $25 million over five years which is reportedly a large increase on what Jackson was earning with the team.
Hopefully Kerr will be able to bring the championship to Golden State which his predecessor was unable to obtain.