The Sacramento Kings are expected to offer women's basketball legend Nancy Lieberman an assistant coaching position with the team, per The Sacramento Bee.
Nancy Lieberman is expected to become an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings.
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The Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin reported Lieberman's impending hire on July 30. Voisin spoke with new Kings vice president Vlade Divac to get his thoughts on the matter:
"Definitely I'm going to offer her a job. 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 (it) is a nice opportunity for her."
Kings expected to hire Nancy Lieberman as assistant coach. VP Divac plans to offer job next week and Hall of Famer said she will accept.— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) July 30, 2015
Lieberman told The Sacrmento Bee she will accept the job offer. Divac will make the announcement sometime next week.
Once Lieberman accepts, she will become the second female assistant coach in the NBA. The other is the San Antonio Spurs' Becky Hammon, per Voisin.
In Aug. 2014, Lieberman told CBS DFW's Arezow Doost about her ambition of coaching in the NBA someday:
"It is a glorious day in the history of the NBA. I want to be one of those coaches that hopefully gets an opportunity to coach in the NBA. There are 29 teams and they might look at this (announcement) and go, 'Wow! Why didn't we think of hiring some qualified women that could help us?'"
The Iowa Energy hired Nicki Gross as an assistant coach on July 30. Gross becomes the lone female assistant coach in the NBA Development League.
Energy head coach Bob Donewald discussed Gross' hire with the team's official website:
"I am very excited to promote Nicki within our staff as she becomes the only female assistant coach in the NBA D-League. Nicki joined our franchise last season as video coordinator and did an oustanding job in helping the team prepare for each game.
"She is a tireless worker who has a bright future in basketball."
The Iowa Energy is the D-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Lieberman's hire also coincides with Jen Welter's coaching internship with the Arizona Cardinals. Welter became the first female NFL coach earlier this week, per The Sacramento Bee.
Aside from Welter, another woman made headlines in the sports world several months ago.The NFL hired Sarah Thomas to become its first full-time female official in April 2015, per ESPN.
Lieberman first gained recognition as an international player in the 1970s and 1980s. She was an Olympic silver medalist in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, per Bleacher Report's Tyler Conway.
Ten years later, she became the first woman to suit up for a men's pro basketball league (USBL). Conway confirmed the fact.
Lieberman last played for the Detroit Shock during the 2008 WNBA season. She was 50 years old at the time, per Bleacher Report.
She eventually became the Shock's head coach and general manager, per Conway.
Lieberman also became head coach and general manager of the Texas Legends. The Legends are the D-League affiliates of the Dallas Mavericks, per Doost.
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