Kara Lawson leaves Wizards broadcast to become Celtics assistant coach

Chris Lingebach
June 27, 2019 - 6:45 pm
Kara Lawson leaves Wizards broadcast to become Celtics assistant coach

Twitter: @SteveBuckhantz

NBC Sports Washington may have two announcer positions to fill on its Wizards broadcast before the start of a new season.

Kara Lawson, who replaced longtime color analyst Phil Chenier on the Wizards broadcast in Sept. 2017, is leaving her role in the booth to join the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach, Adrian Wojnarowski reports for ESPN.

The wheels are already in motion, as Lawson has tendered her resignation with NBC Sports Washington, a source with knowledge of the situation tells 106.7 The Fan.

NBC Sports Washington wasn't completely blindsided, as people were familiar with Lawson's desire to coach, but the network was under the impression she would return for another season.

Lawson had spoken to several NBA teams about on-court coaching roles in recent years, Wojnarowski reports, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

"Along with everyone at NBC Sports Washington, I'd like to congratulate Kara on an incredible opportunity and thank her for her work over the past two seasons as our game analyst. We wish her luck as she continues to break ground in new areas and pursue her passion," said NBC Sports Washington Senior Vice President and General Manager Damon Phillips.

Lawson is the latest in a growing and impressive list of women to join coaching staffs around the NBA.

Longtime play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz's future still hangs in the balance, after NBC Sports Washington declined to pick up his contract option for the 2019-20 season in March, so it's possible Wizards fans could hear two new voices calling their basketball games next season. It's unclear at this time whether Lawson's departure improves the odds of Buckhantz returning.

Lawson, 38, played 13 seasons in the WNBA prior to beginning her broadcasting career. As a guard, she averaged 9.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.6 total rebounds per game for Sacramento, Connecticut and Washington. She began her broadcast career as a studio analyst for the Sacramento Kings while still playing in the WNBA, and worked in a number of roles for ESPN.

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