How about some good sports news for a change? One of our favorites here at KSR is about to get “the call.” There are multiple reports this afternoon that Kara Lawson will be named the next head coach of the Duke Women’s Basketball team. Lawson has been an assistant on the Boston Celtics staff since last summer.
If true, this will be just the latest impressive move by Lawson, who burst onto the basketball scene at Tennessee and played in the WNBA for 13 years, winning a championship with the Monarchs in 2005 and a gold medal with the U.S. Women’s Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. While playing professionally, Lawson got her start in broadcasting, working as an analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards. Last July, she became the first female assistant in Celtics history.
I’m not sure I can ever cheer for Duke, but congrats and best of luck to Kara, who is as knowledgable and genuine as they come. A few years ago, she was kind enough to come on The OTT Podcast as my second-ever guest, and said something that will always stick with me about being a woman in a male-driven industry.
“I think trying to prove people wrong is kind of the wrong way to go about it because if somebody has a certain way that they think or a certain idea in their head, they might not ever be convinced. They just might always be a certain way and there’s not really anything you can do to change their mind.
“To me, I’ve always tried to be in the mindset that you want to do your job, do it well, and you want to prove the people right that believe in you and your ability.”