NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy called the guilty verdict Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin “an important day for our country,” but said it was difficult to reason To find partying, and realized that more work was to be done.
Van Gundy spoke to reporters ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, shortly after Chauvin was found guilty of accidental second degree, third degree and second degree homicide by a jury for his role in the most recent murders of George Floyd May was outside of a local grocery store.
“We had someone who was being killed unnecessarily right in front of us,” said Van Gundy. “Right in front of all of us because we can see it on video. And no judgment would change that. And while it’s just that, it’s hard to celebrate. It’s also hard to celebrate because we’ve had other incidents like this one since Time when George Floyd was killed.
“I think what you’re wondering out of all of this is, is it going to change something? Is it going to change something? It was a fair judgment. But will it have a bigger impact? Will it force or motivate us to research better policing. ” and solve the immense problem of racial justice. Will it do any of this, will it advance us in any of these? Or is this just an isolated judgment on one where we had clear video evidence?
“I applaud the righteous judgment, but I have a hard time celebrating where it all started – George Floyd is still dead and people have been dead since then and do not have overwhelming confidence that this will be a step in the right direction – not an isolated incident . “
Van Gundy, 61, said former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce texted all of the league’s head coaches on Tuesday reminding them that the National Basketball Coaches Association set up a committee on racial injustice and injustice shortly after Floyd was murdered Reforms in place.
The committee that Van Gundy and Pierce belong to was formed to pursue solutions in NBA cities.
Van Gundy added that while he believes the country is “going backwards on issues of racial equality and justice,” he only gives him hope to see how “committed” the country’s younger generation are.
“I look at NBA players and I mean to see how dedicated they are at their age. I look at my kids who are over 20 and how engaged they are. Now it’s up to them because our generation, not your boys’ generation because I’m much older than anyone walking the planet, but my generation screwed it up. It’s up to the younger generation, “said Van Gundy.
“When I come down I have to look at my kids. I have to look at athletes who are in their twenties and trying to get engaged. That’s why my hope comes. But man, it’s hard to see a striker.” Progress now. “
Several other NBA coaches responded to the ruling on Tuesday.
• Nate McMillan, Hawks: “I feel like the jury did their job. They must hold everyone accountable for their actions. The jury found him guilty in all three cases. I thought they did their job. That’s all everyone in this country demands – hold. ” Everyone is responsible for their actions. I thought you made the right decision today. “
• Steve Nash, Brooklyn Nets: “It’s bittersweet. Obviously, George Floyd lost his life as many others have wrongly done, and we can’t forget that people are losing their lives. On the other hand, it’s a small gesture of justice and possibly hope for the future all social justice movements, the NBA and the WNBA really care about the community at large, whether it’s small and creating a turning point or big, there is hope that the voices of many will change and we have a better future for our children. “
• James Borrego, Charlotte Hornets: “It was a fair judgment. We all agree, of course, but we still have a lot to do. Our league has done a great job of making change and continuing to see change and push for change, and the other, I think, Hopefully today was a healing day, but also to urge us to want more, to be more, to see change, I’m proud to work for a league and organization that want to see this and continue the dialogue We won. Don’t stop here. We will continue as an organization to do whatever we can in our own community to declare injustice and get our communities to get better, and I think we all want that for ours Children, our families. “
• Tom Thibodeau, New York Knicks: “We are delighted that justice has been done. Your hearts go out to the Floyd family because there is nothing you can do to bring him back. Obviously this is not a place for racism or bigotry in society. We have to do better. A country that.” we have to do better. “
• Steve Clifford, Orlando Magic: “For me the overriding emotion was just relief. … I can’t lie because, like many people, I was very worried [had the ruling gone another way]. … Hopefully this can lead to a sense of closure. “