Mike Magpayo was in Minneapolis last year for the Final Four, organizing a meetup for the Asian Coaches Association.
But through word-of-mouth, it has become the event to create visibility for Asian coaches.
As the first Asian American head coach in the history of the NBA, his voice holds a lot of weight among Asian coaches and executives.
And while the push for equal opportunity for Black coaches in the NBA is clearly important, Asian coaches often wonder where they belong in the conversation.
Spoelstra, after taking over as Miami’s head coach in 2008, remains the only Asian head coach in the NBA.