Report: Celtics hire Kara Lawson as assistant coach

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — A person familiar with the situation says Kara Lawson has been hired by the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly announced the hire.

ESPN was the first to report the deal.

Lawson becomes the latest woman to serve as a coach in the NBA, joining San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek and Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb.

The 38-year-old Lawson had served as a commentator for ESPN for the NBA and college basketball. She also has been a TV analyst for the Washington Wizards over the past few seasons.

She played in the WNBA from 2003-15 and won a title with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005. Lawson also helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.