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Pro hoops sets the standard

The numbers don't lie: The NBA and WNBA lead the way in the push for diversity in hiring practices.

Updated: May 25, 2005, 12:49 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to Page 2

The NBA conference finals and the new WNBA season both began this past weekend – exciting times for basketball fans.

Twenty-one years ago, David Stern took over as commissioner of an NBA in decline. Attendance was down, the 1980 NBA Finals between the Lakers and 76ers was shown only on tape-delay after the late-night news, and the game had no iconic players. Critics worried the league was "too black" and expected changes that would increase its popularity among its predominantly ...

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