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Report: National Basketball Coaches Association forms committee on racial injustice and reform

Gregg Popovich, Lloyd Pierce and Steve Kerr
Gregg Popovich, Lloyd Pierce and Steve Kerr (Getty Images)

The National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) has formed a committee on racial injustice and reform to pursue solutions in all NBA cities.

The committee, formed in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests across the United States regarding racism, includes Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce, David Fizdale, Stan Van Gundy, J.B. Bickerstaff and Quin Snyder, among others.

MORE: NBA teams express outrage after death of George Floyd

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, coaches are planning on meeting Tuesday to discuss immediate action steps that can be taken after the league's 30 head coaches all participated in an initial Zoom call on Saturday followed up by another committee call on Sunday.

The NBCA issued a statement on Monday morning:

"Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd.

"As NBA coaches -- both head and assistant coaches -- we lead groups of men, most of whom are African American, and we see, hear and share their feelings of disgust, frustration, helplessness and anger.

"The events of the past few weeks -- police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism are shameful, inhumane and intolerable.

"As a diverse group of leaders, we have a responsibility to stand up and speak out for those who don't have a voice - and to stand up and speak out for those who don't feel it is safe to do so.

"Witnessing the murder of George Floyd in cold blood and in broad daylight has traumatized our nation, but the reality is that African Americans are targeted and victimized on a daily basis. As NBA coaches, we cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage.

"We are committed to working in our NBA cities with local leaders, officials and law enforcement agencies to create positive change in our communities. We have the power and platform to affect change, and we will use it."

The statement included signatures of 33 current and former NBA head coaches along with nearly 180 assistant coaches.

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