The Celtics have made the second addition to their coaching staff over the past week on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to terms to add former WNBA standout point guard Kara Lawson to their coaching staff, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lawson, 38, has spent much of the last decade serving as a basketball analyst with ESPN and a color commentator for Wizards broadcasts. She made a name for herself while playing for Pat Summit at Tennessee, helping lead the Volunteers to three straight Final Fours before settling into a lengthy WNBA career. She won a WNBA title in 2005 with Sacramento and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with Team USA in 2008 before retiring from competitive action in 2015.
Lawson becomes the third full-time female assistant in the NBA in joining the staff of Brad Stevens who lost assistant Micah Shrewsberry to the college ranks this offseason. Becky Hammon (Spurs) has spent two seasons in the NBA while the Cavs lured Lindsay Gottlieb away from the University of California last month to coach under John Beilein. Lawson reportedly had other opportunities to join the coaching ranks in past seasons in the NBA but elected to jump on the opportunity with Boston.
Lawson will join Joe Mazzulla as new hires for Brad Stevens' staff this fall, an addition that Danny Ainge confirmed earlier this week.
“We’re moving in that direction," Ainge said of Mazzulla. "It’s not been finalized yet but we’re moving in that direction. We’ve had Joe here with us before and he’s well-liked by everybody.”