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KB-Pau-DH2012
10-21-2012, 05:38 PM
http://espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=nakase


The beach is where Natalie Nakase is sweating through a Navy SEAL workout with Billy Knight and Earl Watson. The trio attended UCLA together a decade ago, playing basketball for the Bruins. Now, during an afternoon session in Santa Monica beneath the blazing summer sun, they are shuffling and backpedaling and straining on the constantly shifting sand.

A few minutes into their session, a man bikes past and eyes them, craning his neck to get a better look at the unusual scene: two strong, tall, black men crawling on the beach alongside a small, fit, Asian woman. "We always draw a few stares," Nakase says with a laugh. "I guess people don't see this every day."

Nakase has spent the past few years coaching professional basketball overseas -- coaching men who tower over her -- and the 32-year-old California native earns a living in the offseason by training kids and college players. She doesn't have to be here today, submitting to this torture with Watson, a veteran NBA point guard, and Knight, a shooting guard who plays abroad. But all three friends are chasing something, an intangible edge that comes with pushing the limits.

Which is why Nakase is dragging a 15-pound weight bag through the sand between four orange cones about 20 yards apart, pausing at each one to do 20 soldierlike pushups. After she finishes her last set, she rises, covered in sweat, chest heaving, and brushes the sand off her shins and knees. She has not rested more than a minute before Knight grabs a weight bag and takes off running for a distant lifeguard stand. The 5-foot-2 Nakase follows him, her strides short and strong. Knight returns first, then collapses into the sand and watches while Nakase grinds through her final steps. As Watson looks on, he says to Knight, "NBA players wouldn't even do this s---; they'd quit halfway through."

The day before, Nakase had told Watson her ultimate goal, the same one she had expressed to Knight a year earlier:
"I want to coach in the NBA."

She said it with conviction, strong and true, like a blow-by to the rim. She has gradually learned to do this, to own The Dream. Before, she would float the words out there -- I know it's crazy, but I kind of think, maybe I might want to coach in the NBA -- and the syllables seemed to deflate, falling to the ground before they reached their destination.

Nakase cares what Watson thinks -- she cares a lot -- and not just because he has spent 11 years in the NBA (currently with the Utah Jazz). Back in college, when she was a walk-on guard for the UCLA women and he was an unheralded recruit for the Bruins men, Watson inspired her to become a better player. He doesn't know this, but she cherishes the times they sat in his dorm room and talked basketball. She saw him work for his dream, late at night inside Pauley Pavilion, when no one else was around. And she wanted to work, too.

So when Watson tells Nakase, quite simply, "I would hire you," he has done more than he can understand. Those four words are like jet fuel, sending her off with renewed conviction. She attacks the beach workout as if her NBA future depends on it. And in some ways, it does.

The pushups, the sprints, the crawls, the slides -- they fortify Nakase and will help her to destroy one of the excuses NBA people will use to dismiss her. General managers and coaches won't say, "We don't hire women." They'll have other reasons and arguments, such as, "We need someone who challenges our guys." They'll have justifications, an endless supply, for upholding the status quo.

Natalie Nakase wants to be the first female coach in the NBA. And when you're trying to do something never before done, you must first understand all of the reasons you might not succeed.

spreadeagle
10-21-2012, 05:40 PM
I think it will happen...we have women officials for quite sometime. A lot of guys may listen to a women better, wont clash ego's so much

rocket
10-21-2012, 05:41 PM
Not a single **** is given

Knowledge
10-21-2012, 05:55 PM
Hope she does it.

BuddhaMONK
10-21-2012, 05:57 PM
She gonna be giving so much head in the lockerroom...

abe_froman
10-21-2012, 05:58 PM
is she any good? cuz there's alot of guy coaches in the nba that should be replaced

DoMeFavors
10-21-2012, 06:17 PM
It would be a cool story but I dont think it would work out unless she had the mind for it. I dont see the egos of men listening to a women. If she says they are doing something wrong they wont listen because they are men in the sport and she never been in the NBA.

It wouldnt work out.

ChicagoFan4Eva
10-21-2012, 06:26 PM
not gonna happen.

Zefflin
10-21-2012, 06:27 PM
She gonna be giving so much head in the lockerroom...

:rimshot:

I hope she bangs her way to the top

Supreme LA
10-21-2012, 07:40 PM
I really doubt these players will respect a woman as their head coach as sad as that is to say.

I don't even know how that midget Lawrence Frank gets any respect lol.

spreadeagle
10-21-2012, 07:44 PM
I really doubt these players will respect a woman as their head coach as sad as that is to say.

I don't even know how that midget Lawrence Frank gets any respect lol.

I disagree, I bet a lot of players who grew up in single parent "probably mom" homes would have just as much respect for women coaches...of course some would not and act juvenile about it, but those are probably the same players who give male head coaches a hard time too. Like I said earlier, people said same thing about female referees and now you dont even think about weather the refs are male or female

abe_froman
10-21-2012, 07:50 PM
I really doubt these players will respect a woman as their head coach as sad as that is to say.

I don't even know how that midget Lawrence Frank gets any respect lol.

i dont know about that,they're professional(suppose to be anyways)and its not like there arent women bosses all over and things get done(even female execs in many franchises and refs),hell if someone gets out of line they can be punished or traded to show to take it seriously.would it be hard being the first? sure.but something that can work and is coming no doubt someday

netsgiantsyanks
10-21-2012, 07:55 PM
am i the only one who realizes OP spelled the last name nagasake? am i the only one who realizes this woman happens to be asian?

:laugh:

topdog
10-21-2012, 07:57 PM
She gonna be giving so much head in the lockerroom...

What a douchey thing to say :rolleyes:

dalton749
10-21-2012, 08:01 PM
am i the only one who realizes OP spelled the last name nagasake? am i the only one who realizes this woman happens to be asian?

:laugh:

haha thats so racist what a clown.
but seriously look at a picture of her, i wouldnt respect that thing

TomahawkChop 10
10-21-2012, 09:35 PM
will there be an oven installed near the sidelines?

Phenomenonsense
10-21-2012, 09:43 PM
I really doubt these players will respect a woman as their head coach as sad as that is to say.

I don't even know how that midget Lawrence Frank gets any respect lol.

It's all about treating all the players equally and following up on your word, while being completely upfront about who is underperforming and who won't be getting playing time because of X Y and Z.

gwrighter
10-21-2012, 10:22 PM
I'd hit it.

thrice4
10-21-2012, 10:40 PM
What if Latrell spree came back and hated what she said...

LongWayFromHome
10-21-2012, 10:42 PM
I disagree, I bet a lot of players who grew up in single parent "probably mom" homes would have just as much respect for women coaches...of course some would not and act juvenile about it, but those are probably the same players who give male head coaches a hard time too. Like I said earlier, people said same thing about female referees and now you dont even think about weather the refs are male or female

I agree with this comment. In a lot of inner city homes male children grow up not trusting men. They even will often respond respectfully to middle aged women yelling at them.

MrfadeawayJB
10-21-2012, 10:44 PM
It would be a cool story but I dont think it would work out unless she had the mind for it. I dont see the egos of men listening to a women. If she says they are doing something wrong they wont listen because they are men in the sport and she never been in the NBA.

It wouldnt work out.

one of the few times i agree with DoMeFavors

topdog
10-21-2012, 10:46 PM
I'd hit it.

You would also be a douche.

I guess this is what to expect when you bring up a woman in a forum of 14 year olds who come here in between measuring their members and searching for porn :facepalm:

FlakeyFool
10-21-2012, 11:27 PM
Get in the kitchen, woman.

Davidgta1
10-21-2012, 11:31 PM
I can't see a woman leading a bunch of men it will never happen.

Davidgta1
10-21-2012, 11:31 PM
Get in the kitchen, woman.

I couldn't have said it better myself

gwrighter
10-21-2012, 11:34 PM
You would also be a douche.

I guess this is what to expect when you bring up a woman in a forum of 14 year olds who come here in between measuring their members and searching for porn :facepalm:

**** that I got dreams too. If she can dream of making it as a head coach in the NBA, then I can dream of banging her. Both have a slim to none chance of happening so what's the problem?

Davidgta1
10-21-2012, 11:35 PM
**** that I got dreams too. If she can dream of making it as a head coach in the NBA, then I can dream of banging her. Both have a slim to none chance of happening so what's the problem?

Haha

John Walls Era
10-21-2012, 11:35 PM
You would also be a douche.

I guess this is what to expect when you bring up a woman in a forum of 14 year olds who come here in between measuring their members and searching for porn :facepalm:

Don't overestimate the maturity of internet forums.

I can't see it happening in the NBA.

P Harvy
10-21-2012, 11:39 PM
There will be just too much sexual tension in the locker room

FlakeyFool
10-21-2012, 11:41 PM
not to mention the dilemma of having the toliet seat up or down

BuddhaMONK
10-21-2012, 11:41 PM
Oh come on everyone knows she is just doing it so she can have allstar basketball players jizz on her t*ts in the lockerroom and hope one will marry her so she can steal all their money. That's why almost every ugly rich guy has a hot wife/gf.

BKLYNpigeon
10-21-2012, 11:50 PM
college coaches get eaten alive in the NBA...

it would just be different to have a female coach, EVERYONE would be on their toes and careful of what they say. it would just not be the most comfortable atmosphere.

what if Delont West makes a move on her??


she should coach mens college first. theres too many good coaches out there and only 30 jobs.

BHF
10-22-2012, 12:21 AM
**** that I got dreams too. If she can dream of making it as a head coach in the NBA, then I can dream of banging her. Both have a slim to none chance of happening so what's the problem?

hahahahahha :clap:

cg_la00
10-22-2012, 12:24 AM
she could probably do a better job at coaching than mike brown -__-

Deception
10-22-2012, 12:24 AM
You know what's going to be awkward? When she's talking to the players after the game and they're changing right in front of her... Not going to work in my opinion

JNA17
10-22-2012, 12:25 AM
The sexism in this thread is killing me. :facepalm:

Honestly, I'm not even going to bother, maybe Real GM will actually have a real discussion about this.

JNoel
10-22-2012, 12:37 AM
She could just go coach in the WNBA, they've got enough guys in that league.

topdog
10-22-2012, 12:51 AM
**** that I got dreams too. If she can dream of making it as a head coach in the NBA, then I can dream of banging her. Both have a slim to none chance of happening so what's the problem?

The problem is that this is a sports forum and it's a serious topic that posters who actually have some incite to provide would like to discuss it as such.

Your post is off topic. Further, I don't care to know who you or anyone else here would indiscriminately "bang." Get some friends or stick to the porn sites. No place for this crap here (and you're not alone by any means).

topdog
10-22-2012, 12:52 AM
I could see this being an issue if all NBA players are as immature as 90% of this forum, but she has coached men overseas and if she knows her stuff it would be great to see her get a start as an assistant and work her way up.

Guppyfighter
10-22-2012, 12:52 AM
The problem is that this is a sports forum and it's a serious topic that posters who actually have some incite to provide would like to discuss it as such.

Your post is off topic. Further, I don't care to know who you or anyone else here would indiscriminately "bang." Get some friends or stick to the porn sites. No place for this crap here (and you're not alone by any means).

Good thing we have you here directing people on what is mature and moral. Stop being PC. It's okay to not talk like that yourself, but you don't need to be pretentious about it when others don't.

rubx3
10-22-2012, 12:53 AM
LOL these grown men won't take a women seriously :facepalm::facepalm:

especially rookies :facepalm:

gwrighter
10-22-2012, 01:05 AM
The problem is that this is a sports forum and it's a serious topic that posters who actually have some incite to provide would like to discuss it as such.

Your post is off topic. Further, I don't care to know who you or anyone else here would indiscriminately "bang." Get some friends or stick to the porn sites. No place for this crap here (and you're not alone by any means).

Every single basketball coach in the world would love to be a head coach in the NBA, so why does she get the press? The only reason why she's getting any press is because she is a woman. She is being objectified regardless of what I say.

Nobody gives two ***** about a coach that isn't VERY well known in the NCAA or another Top league in the world, never mind a video intern. When she starts to make waves in some legitimate coaching role then I'l take her seriously.

Until then, i'd like to bang her more than see her coach a team.

heyman321
10-22-2012, 01:15 AM
Every single basketball coach in the world would love to be a head coach in the NBA, so why does she get the press? The only reason why she's getting any press is because she is a woman. She is being objectified regardless of what I say.

Nobody gives two ***** about a coach that isn't VERY well known in the NCAA or another Top league in the world, never mind a video intern. When she starts to make waves in some legitimate coaching role then I'l take her seriously.

Until then, i'd like to bang her more than see her coach a team.

Oh god, you have bad taste, she isn't even hot!

YEDN90
10-22-2012, 01:18 AM
Guys, its okay, by NBA she meant National Baker's Association.

Serious note, why not?

sunsfan88
10-22-2012, 01:22 AM
Has there ever even been a female HC in college basketball? D-League?

gwrighter
10-22-2012, 01:24 AM
Oh god, you have bad taste, she isn't even hot!

I've got the fever and its not for Bieber. Asian women are freaks in the sack as well.

jason6692
10-22-2012, 01:28 AM
im sorry but i dont see nba players like jr smith respecting this asian lady lol

LA_Raiders
10-22-2012, 01:31 AM
Who?

topdog
10-22-2012, 02:24 AM
Good thing we have you here directing people on what is mature and moral. Stop being PC. It's okay to not talk like that yourself, but you don't need to be pretentious about it when others don't.

I'm not "being PC." Plain and simply, talking about banging a chick when the thread is about coaching is off topic. The issue is that it seems immune to that designation by mods and other poster (despite the fact that it derails the original conversation).

This is a SPORTS FORUM. If I want to engage in that type of chit-chat, I do it with my friends or could do it in an "Off Topic" thread. Better yet, I won't talk - I'll just do.

topdog
10-22-2012, 02:28 AM
Every single basketball coach in the world would love to be a head coach in the NBA, so why does she get the press? The only reason why she's getting any press is because she is a woman. She is being objectified regardless of what I say.

Nobody gives two ***** about a coach that isn't VERY well known in the NCAA or another Top league in the world, never mind a video intern. When she starts to make waves in some legitimate coaching role then I'l take her seriously.

Until then, i'd like to bang her more than see her coach a team.

1. Define "legitimate coaching role."

2. The idea isn't necessarily about a particular woman, but rather any woman getting into NBA coaching. Her credibility for that role and a point of discussion is the fact that she has coached male players overseas.

3. "The only reason she's get press is because she's a woman." Is that anything like "he's only getting press because he's black?" Hmmm...

topdog
10-22-2012, 02:33 AM
A little more information on Natalie Nakase:


The Saitama Broncos welcomed the former UCLA point guard as the first female coach in the history of the professional Japanese BJ League on Thursday after Dean Murray was fired 12 games into the season.

Nakase, who is of Japanese-American descent, coached the Broncos to a 93-74 victory over the Toyama Grouses on Sunday while Murray served a suspension for violating unspecified team rules.

"I know these aren't the best circumstances in which to be hired," Nakase said in a statement on the team website. "But I will do everything possible to get the job done. There is a lot of talent on this team."

Nakase, 31, worked as an assistant for the Tokyo Apache of the BJ League last season under former San Antonio Spurs Coach Bob Hill and has experience as the head coach of a women's professional team in Germany. The Broncos (5-7), who have endured six consecutive losing seasons, feature a roster that includes former NBA point guard Kenny Satterfield and former West Virginia standout John Flowers in addition to several Japanese players.

"She earned the players' respect through her work ethic and direct approach with them," Hill told the Japan Times of Nakase's work with the Apache. "She has great coaching instincts, which I think will allow her to become a great coach as she moves forward with her career."

Nakase grew up in Southern California as a speck of a point guard at 5 feet 2, starring at Marina High in Huntington Beach before playing at UCLA from 1999 to 2003.


-LA Times http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/11/former-ucla-point-guard-natalie-nakase-becomes-coach-of-professional-mens-team-in-japan.html

John Walls Era
10-22-2012, 02:35 AM
The sexism in this thread is killing me. :facepalm:

Honestly, I'm not even going to bother, maybe Real GM will actually have a real discussion about this.

:nod:

John Walls Era
10-22-2012, 02:36 AM
I could see this being an issue if all NBA players are as immature as 90% of this forum, but she has coached men overseas and if she knows her stuff it would be great to see her get a start as an assistant and work her way up.

They are more immature (See: Mcgee & that twitter prostitute). At least we got a few posters (DMF actually one of them) who are trying to talk about the actual article.

Cali4rnia
10-22-2012, 03:55 AM
I can see her winning HEAD coach of the year.

Alayla
10-22-2012, 07:04 AM
heres too hopeing it works out for her.

jason6692
10-22-2012, 07:26 AM
tbh who cares ? no one hiring her anyway she can go to bed now and keep dreaming

gwrighter
10-22-2012, 10:01 AM
1. Define "legitimate coaching role."

2. The idea isn't necessarily about a particular woman, but rather any woman getting into NBA coaching. Her credibility for that role and a point of discussion is the fact that she has coached male players overseas.

3. "The only reason she's get press is because she's a woman." Is that anything like "he's only getting press because he's black?" Hmmm...

1. One that actually has some sort of recognizable NBA lineage. NCAAM coaching, D-League coaching or a top coach in Europe.

2. She has coached male players overseas, that's nice but she was an assistant coach and not only that there are a bunch of other male coaches that have coached male players as well. Being impressed by a woman coach implies that one thinks less of women because they are inherently incapable of coaching male players.

3. Yes, stereotypes dominate the media. It's what sells unfortunately. I pay more respect to press that is made after the fact. After someone has done something great. Then we can all get behind that person and give them credit for what they have done.

Let me put it like this. Coach Spo begun as a video intern just like her and it took him like over a decade to actually get to his coaching role. And even after a decade of paying dues and coaching a great team people STILL don't take him seriously.

So she has A LOT of work to do before people actually take her seriously.

TheNumber37
10-22-2012, 10:48 AM
not gonna happen.

topdog
10-22-2012, 03:38 PM
1. One that actually has some sort of recognizable NBA lineage. NCAAM coaching, D-League coaching or a top coach in Europe.

2. She has coached male players overseas, that's nice but she was an assistant coach and not only that there are a bunch of other male coaches that have coached male players as well. Being impressed by a woman coach implies that one thinks less of women because they are inherently incapable of coaching male players.

3. Yes, stereotypes dominate the media. It's what sells unfortunately. I pay more respect to press that is made after the fact. After someone has done something great. Then we can all get behind that person and give them credit for what they have done.

Let me put it like this. Coach Spo begun as a video intern just like her and it took him like over a decade to actually get to his coaching role. And even after a decade of paying dues and coaching a great team people STILL don't take him seriously.

So she has A LOT of work to do before people actually take her seriously.

She was a head coach in Japan. See the article I posted above.

You say you pay more respect to press that is made after the fact, but that's ignoring the present situation - there is not a single female assistant coach in the NBA.

Finally, just because you don't take her seriously/the idea she represents (female NBA coaches) doesn't mean you have the right to derail a discussion someone is legitimately trying to have. Off topic is off topic.