BOSTON - It's been a busy offseason for the NBA. Ever since July came around, the free agent signings and trades have been flying fast and furious. barrage. The only constant is Kawhi Leonard, who continues to remain unsigned.
The Celtics are no exception to the maelstrom, with Danny Ainge revamping the team from the second he was legally allowed to. However, some of the most recent changes to the Celtics are not coming to the court. Instead, they will be a part of Brad Stevens' coaching system.
The decision was made official this morning that the Celtics hired three new assistant coaches to help out Stevens by the bench. Former Fairmont State University coach Joe Mazzulla will be joining the Celtics as an assistant coach. Boston has also called up Brandon Bailey, the former head coach of Boston's D-League affiliates, the Maine Red Claws.
But while Bailey and Mazzulla are certainly good hires, the best part of Boston's new coaching additions is definitely Kara Lawson. When it comes to people who understand the ins and outs of basketball, Lawson more than fits the bill with her extensive track record of success. She played for the Sacramento Monarchs, the Connecticut Sun, and the Washington Mystics in a 12 year WNBA career, averaging 9.8 points per game. She also won a championship in 2005, was an All-Star in 2007, and was part of the Olympic gold medal-winning women's basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lawson began her work as a broadcast analyst for ESPN while playing, and eventually retired in 2015 to focus solely on that.
In addition to being the third woman to be an assistant coach in the NBA (joining Cleveland's Lindsey Gottlieb and San Antonio's Becky Hammon), Lawson is the first woman in the history of the Celtics to be an assistant coach, and looks to be a promising asset for the upcoming season.
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