Amid the developments of the Celtics becoming the frontrunner to sign Kemba Walker, Boston has also picked up a new assistant coach, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski: ex-WNBA and Olympic champion Kara Lawson.
Wojnarowski reports that Lawson has contemplated several coaching opportunities within the last few years, prior to coming to Boston. But, the opportunity to help Brad Stevens and join the Celtics organization convinced her to accept the offer.
Lawson will make history as the first woman to ever hold a coaching position for the Celtics. But, it’s not the first time she has made NBA history. Back in 2017, Lawson was the first woman to become a national broadcast analyst for an NBA game.
She will join Becky Hammon of the Spurs and Lindsey Gottlieb of the Cavaliers as the only current female full-time NBA assistant coaches, according to NBA.com, and there has never been a female NBA head coach to this point. Back on May 9, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that he wanted more women to be involved in the league.
“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league,” he said. “Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”
As a player, Lawson made three Final Four appearances with Tennessee, before embarking on a 12-season career as a point guard in the WNBA, where she was named an All Star in 2007. Lawson also won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Boston Celtics are hiring Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, league sources tell ESPN. Lawson, an ex-WNBA and Olympic champion, has been an NBA commentator with ESPN and the TV analyst for the Washington Wizards.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2019
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