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Report: 76ers pushing to hire female scout

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Brett Brown of the Philadelphia 76er talks with Joel Embiid #25 in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on October 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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NBA teams are gradually becoming more welcoming to women in basketball operations.

The 76ers apparently want to progress in that regard.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

I wonder whether this report is about a particular woman or just hiring a woman in general.

There are far more women who understand basketball well enough to work in the NBA than are working in the NBA. That longstanding sexism has created a market inefficiency.

The 76ers should hire the best person for the job. That means assessing candidates on their merits, not their gender.

But by targeting an under-tapped demographic, the 76ers give themselves the best chance of finding the best person for the job.