The success of Becky Hammon as a Spurs assistant coach has opened more doors for women coaching in the men’s professional ranks. The Arizona Cardinals this week hired Jen Welter as an intern coaching linebackers. Now, the Kings are expected to hire Hall of Famer and former WNBA coach and D-League coach and general manager Nancy Lieberman to George Karl’s staff.
The Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach.
“Definitely I’m going to offer her a job,” Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday. “George (Karl) and I talked about bringing her back after she helped us at Summer League (in Las Vegas). She was terrific. She brings a different dimension. I think is a nice opportunity for her.”
Lieberman said Thursday she will accept the offer. Divac said he expects to make an announcement next week.
Lieberman is as qualified as anybody to coach on an NBA bench. This is a great hire for the Kings and a positive step for the NBA. Her track record is unassailable, and between her and Hammon, steps are being taken to normalize the idea of women coaching in the NBA. It’s only a matter of time before one gets a shot at a head coaching job.