With free agency and the heart of the NBA offseason starting to wind down, the Sacramento Kings are still searching for ways to improve their team, and did so recently by making a notable addition to their coaching staff.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Kings have hired former WNBA player Lindsey Harding as an assistant coach.
Happy to report on another female coaching hire in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings are hiring @Lindsey_Harding as an assistant coach. The former Duke and WNBA star has been in player development with the 76ers most recently.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 19, 2019
Lindsey Harding played nine seasons in the WNBA for six different teams, retiring three years ago in 2016. Harding recently worked with the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff and will now look to take advantage of a larger role with Sacramento.
Harding will join an increasing group of women in the NBA coaching realm, marking another step in the right direction for a league that has been extremely progressive in recent years. Just this offseason, we’ve already seen the Boston Celtics hire Kara Lawson and the Cleveland Cavaliers hire Lindsay Gottlieb, both as assistant coaches.
Harding now accompanies Luke Walton and Igor Kokoskov on a promising Kings coaching staff. Sacramento also features one of the better young rosters in the NBA, so there’s certainly reason for optimism heading into the 2019-20 season.