With all of the NBA’s coaching and front office hires that have been bestowed upon WNBA players past and present, one would think a head coaching hire is just around the corner (we see you Becky Hammon).
Among those W luminaries that have found their ways into the ranks of NBA coaches and front office executives include Hammon, Nancy Lieberman, Sue Bird, Kristi Toliver, Tamika Catchings, Allison Feaster and most recently Swin Cash.
And that is not even counting Lindsay Gottlieb, who recently landed a gig as an assistant under John Beilein with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Or Lindsey Harding who is a player development coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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— Stadium (@Stadium) June 27, 2019
The latest addition – former WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson, who will join Brad Stevens’ staff as an assistant with the Boston Celtics.
Lawson has her own track record of experience as she formerly was the coach of the USA women’s basketball three-on-three team. Before entering the WNBA, she played under Pat Summitt at Tennessee. A “Big 3”-style format will be in next year’s Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020.
With her being hired by the Celtics, she will resign her roles as an analyst with ESPN as well as her analyst role for Washington Wizards games on NBC Sports Washington.