REPORT: Sacramento Kings hire Lindsey Harding as an assistant coach
The Sacramento Kings are hiring former WNBA star Lindsey Harding as an assistant to head coach Luke Walton, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
After a nine-year career in the WNBA, Harding spent time within the Philadelphia 76ers’ player development department working as a scout from 2018 until her recent hire with the Kings.
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
Harding played for four years in the women’s basketball team of Duke University, averaging 13.6 points per game in her senior collegiate season with the Blue Devils.
Harding was selected by Phoenix Mercury with the first overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, but she was later traded on draft night to the Minnesota Lynx. Harding had two-season stints with the Lynx, Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks before capping off her WNBA career in 2016 with the New York Liberty and Mercury.
Harding played offseasons in various overseas leagues including in Turkey, Russia and Lithuania.
Harding has yet to share the news herself, but she has since added “Sacramento Kings” to her Twitter bio and retweeted Shelburne’s report.
Harding joins her peers in the rank of female assistants in the NBA, including Becky Hammon (San Antonio Spurs), Kristi Toliver (Washington Wizards), Jenny Boucek (Dallas Mavericks), and Lindsay Gottlieb (Cleveland Cavaliers).