Assistant Coach - Kara Lawson

Lawson joined Coach Stevens’s staff in 2019-20 with a decorated basketball career, both on and off the court. She comes to the Celtics from the broadcast table, where she spent the last two years as the primary television analyst for the Washington Wizards in addition to her duties covering games for ESPN Radio. In addition to her role covering the Wizards for NBC Sports Washington, Lawson served as a longtime ESPN game and studio analyst for men’s and women’s college basketball and the NBA.

Lawson’s on-court accomplishments are just as notable. In 13 WNBA seasons, she averaged 9.8 points (41.4% FG, 39.0% 3-PT), 2.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists over 377 career games with the Sacramento Monarchs, Connecticut Sun, and Washington Mystics from 2003 to 2015. In addition to her WNBA career, which included a championship with the Monarchs in 2005 and an All-Star appearance in 2007, Lawson was a member of the Team USA roster that captured the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

Lawson played for the legendary Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee, where she was a four-time All-SEC selection and advanced to three Final Four appearances during her collegiate career.

On Jan. 12, 2017, she became the first-ever female analyst for a nationally televised NBA game. Lawson has also been coaching USA Basketball’s 3-on-3 teams in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While serving as coach for the U19 boys and girls 3-on-3 teams, she has guided them to four World Championships including three straight for the U19 girls (2017, 2018, 2019) and the first ever for the U19 boys in 2019.


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