Here’s a great piece of news concerning a friend of the Big Blue Nation. The Boston Celtics are hiring Kara Lawson, former women’s basketball star and TV analyst, as an assistant coach.
After lucrative careers at Tennessee and in the WNBA, Lawson worked as an analyst for ESPN, calling several Kentucky games during the 2015-16 season. For the past three years, she’s worked on Washington Wizards broadcasts while also coaching USA Basketball’s 3-on-3 teams in FIBA competitions. Now, she’ll become the latest female assistant coach in the NBA, joining San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek, and Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb.
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.”