Boston Celtics to hire former WNBA guard Kara Lawson as assistant coach

Kara Lawson

Kara Lawson

The Boston Celtics are hiring former WNBA and Olympic champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, league sources tell ESPN. Hopefully the trend of adding more women to National Basketball Association coaching staffs will continue as the coaching candidate pool is expanded to bring more and more extremely qualified and knowledgable candidates from the women's game to the men's game.

The Celtics are unable to comment on the hire because the contract has not been officially signed.

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Lawson, 38, played for the University of Tennessee before heading to the WNBA where she played for the Sacramento Monarchs, Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics.

Lawson was selected to represent the United States with the U.S. women's national basketball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and helped the team win gold. She has also been coaching USA Basketball's 3-on-3 teams for FIBA competitions and in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They had an opening that was created when Micah Shrewsberry left to become an assistant at Purdue, but they are not expecting to lose anyone else, so their staff will increase by one.

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