Lawson was selected to represent the United States with the U.S. women's national basketball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and helped the team win gold.
The Boston Celtics are adding an Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champ to their coaching staff. Boston has reportedly hired Kara Lawson to join Brad Stevens' staff, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lawson, a former WNBA star who has served as an analyst for ESPN and the Wizards, has received interest for on-court coaching opportunities in the past but didn't act on them.
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Lawson, a longtime WNBA point guard, will join Brad Stevens' staff with the Celtics, becoming the latest woman to land on an National Basketball Association coaching staff. The NBA also employs three female referees. She will become the first woman ever to coach for the Celtics.
She played in the league between 2003-15 for Sacramento, Connecticut and with the Washington Mystics. The Cleveland Cavaliers hired University of California women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb to their coaching staff earlier this year.
While this is Lawson's first venture into coaching, she has already been a trailblazer in basketball.