Celtics hiring former WNBA champ Kara Lawson as assistant coach

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The NBA continues to foster an environment of inclusion within its coaching ranks. The most-recent example of this is the Boston Celtics and head coach Brad Stevens naming former Olympic and WNBA champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach.

A first-round pick of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock back in 2003, Lawson played 13 years professionally. She was a key figure in the Sacramento Monarchs title run in 2005 and earned gold for Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Since her retirement back in 2015, the 38-year-old Lawson has joined the media ranks. She worked in a variety of roles broadcasting NBA and WNBA games for ESPN. Back in 2017, Lawson became the first woman to work as a national broadcast analyst for an NBA game.

She’s now shattering that class ceiling even more.