Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later."

"There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of ensure that it happens sooner rather than later."

In an interview promoting the NBA and Leanin.org's launch of a gender equality public awareness campaign Tuesday, Silver also said there will be more women officiating in the NBA as early as next season. The NBA recently announced some new initiatives to improve officiating, including the expanding of its officiating roster by 25 percent over the next three seasons.

Lauren Holtkamp currently is the only woman officiating in the NBA, following Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner. Silver would like to see the NBA add more women and even an international referee.

"It would be my goal as we look to increase that pool of officials that we recruit equally from pools of potential women as we do from men," Silver said. "... we will be looking very hard at dramatically increasing the representation of women in our officiating ranks."

"I would make all the same points in terms of being a head coach in the NBA that there is no physical reason why women can't officiate in the NBA," Silver also said. "I think it is more a function of the fact that they haven't been in the pipeline to become NBA officials."

Silver disputed recent comments made by WFAN radio host Mike Francesa, who sparked controversy when he stated that a woman has no shot at being a head coach of a pro men's team.