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STAR-LEDGER LOOKS AT RACE IN NBA; MINORITY HIRING IN MN

          In the "unique subculture that is the NBA, the black
     majority plays, but by the rules -- or rule -- of the white
     minority," according to Ellen Chase of the Newark STAR-
     LEDGER, who wrote an extensive piece in Sunday's paper,
     "Black & White: And All The Grey Areas As The NBA Struggles
     To Find A Balance Into The Next Century."  NBPA Exec Dir
     Billy Hunter: "The league is 80 percent black in terms of
     the player and 85 to 90 percent white in terms of the
     coaching.  It's not expressed, but there is a concern." 
     Chase: "And race, whether today's head coaches are willing
     to admit it or not, inevitably influences how coaches and
     players relate to each other" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/19).
          MORE MINORITY HIRING FIGURES: In Minnesota, Jay Weiner
     examined the minority hiring figures of the local teams and
     noted the T-Wolves "trail other NBA teams," the Vikings "are
     a leader" in the NFL and the Twins "have the most minority
     employees of all local teams."  The T-Wolves have no
     minority execs and one black assistant coach.  Team
     President Rob Moor: "I am interested in focusing on
     diversity. ... But the front office is something you hire on
     a local basis" (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/19).

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