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SportCeltics hire Kara Lawson to be an assistant coach

00:40  28 june  2019
00:40  28 june  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The Boston Celtics have hired former WNBA and Olympic champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach , the team announced Wednesday. Lawson is well-regarded for a playing career that included three trips to the Final Four under legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee and 12 seasons as a

Lawson was hired by the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't publicly announced the hire . While Lawson hasn't coached in college or the pros

Celtics hire Kara Lawson to be an assistant coach© Darron Cummings/AP/File 2016 Kara Lawson.

The Celtics are hiring former WNBA standout and current television analyst Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, a league source confirmed on Thursday. She will become the first woman ever to coach for the Celtics.

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

Lawson, who played for Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee, played for Sacramento, Connecticut, and Washington during her 13-year WNBA career that ended in 2015. Lawson was also a member of the gold medal-winning US Olympic team at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — A person familiar with the situation says Kara Lawson has been hired by the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach . The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly announced the hire . ESPN was the first to

More recently, she worked as a basketball analyst at ESPN as well as on Washington Wizards broadcasts. She has also helped coach USA basketball’s three-on-three teams over the past two years.

Lawson is the latest woman to secure a role as an NBA assistant. The Spurs hired Becky Hammon in 2014, last summer the Mavericks hired Jenny Boucek and this month the Cavaliers hired Lindsay Gottlieb.

Boston is still planning to hire Fairmont State coach Joe Mazzulla as an assistant coach, too. The Celtics had an opening that was created when assistant coach 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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Kara Lawson becomes the latest woman to land on an NBA coaching staff.

The Celtics lost assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry in May when he left to join the Purdue men's basketball staff. Lawson , 38, most recently has served as an analyst on ESPN and the Washington Wizards game broadcasts. She also enjoyed tremendous success as a player for the University of

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