/Essay: At the Pride Parade, the N.B.A. Embraces Hard-Won Victories

Essay: At the Pride Parade, the N.B.A. Embraces Hard-Won Victories

“I think the hardest thing is always active players, and I get it,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s hard. We’re dealing with very young people.”

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The N.B.A. float in the New York pride parade included a D.J. and Bill Kennedy, a referee who had been the target of a player’s slur before he publicly came out as gay.

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And those young people, he said, are susceptible to pressure — pressure to adhere to traditional concepts of team chemistry and to avoid creating so-called distractions. But there is movement and growing acceptance. On Sunday, the Warriors’ Kevin Durant tweeted his support: “Proud that our president @RickWelts is representing the @Warriors and joining with the @nba and @wnba family in this year’s #NYCPride March!”

When the N.B.A. made its debut at the parade last…

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