Fratello: European Coach in NBA Coming Soon
Mike Fratello believes the time may have arrived to break down a barrier in the NBA and give a European a shot at becoming a head coach.
The former Atlanta, Memphis and Cleveland playcaller has spent the past two weeks pitting himself against some of the continent’s most accomplished tactical minds in his capacity in charge of Ukraine’s national team at EuroBasket.
“It’s coming,” he told ESPN.com. “We’ve had more people from other European countries moving into positions of prominence in the NBA in front offices. We now have people from other countries who own teams in the NBA, presidents, general managers. Assistant coaches, scouts, who represent many countries.”