The former WNBA star has spent the past few years as a TV analyst for the Washington Wizards and ESPN.
The list of women coaching in the NBA has grown, according to a report released Thursday. League sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Boston Celtics will be hiring former WNBA champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach.
Lawson, who currently works as an analyst for ESPN, has spent the past three years as a television analyst for the NBA’s Washington Wizards. While Lawson has never coached in college or professional basketball, the ESPN report states that she “has contemplated several coaching opportunities in recent years” before the apparent deal with Boston. She joins three other women who have coaching roles in the league, including new Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach and former Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
In addition to her analyst work, Lawson currently serves as an adviser for the USA Basketball 3×3 teams. That organization recently named its men’s and women’s squads for the upcoming Pan-American Games en route to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Lawson played in the WNBA from 2003 to 2015, winning a title with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005. The 38-year-old also won a gold medal as part of Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Neither Lawson nor the Boston Celtics have confirmed the ESPN report, but the Celtics did tweet out the following post Thursday morning.
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