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

Ross Houston
June 28, 2019

The Boston Celtics are hiring basketball analyst Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday.

Boston had a vacancy on their bench after Micah Shrewsberry took an assistant coaching job at Purdue.

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 point guard in the WNBA.


According to ESPN, Lawson, 38, explored several coaching opportunities in recent years, but the opportunity to work with Stevens ultimately ended up being the best fit. She won a WNBA title with the Monarchs in 2005 and earned All-Star honors in 2007. She was a member of the gold medal-winning US Olympic team at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

"The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league", Silver said in May.

Most notably, Becky Hammon is now an assistant for the Spurs.


Lawson is the latest woman to secure a role as an National Basketball Association assistant. Kristi Toliver, who plays for the WNBA's Washington Mystics, served as an assistant for the Wizards this past season.

The Celts are also making team history by making her the first female to be hired as an assistant coach.


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