Hornets given permission to interview Lindsey Harding for head-coaching position: source

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The Charlotte Hornets have been given permission to interview coach Lindsey Harding of the G League’s Stockton Kings for Charlotte’s head-coaching job, a league source confirmed Monday. ESPN first reported this news.

If Harding is hired, she will become the first woman to be named head coach of an NBA team.

Harding, 39, was selected No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2007 WNBA draft. Last year, she became the only female head coach in the NBA or G League when she coached Sacramento’s G League team to an early loss against the Santa Cruz Warriors in November 2023.

Harding, a former Duke standout whose No. 10 jersey was retired by the program, was named Naismith Player of the Year in 2007. She played nine seasons in the WNBA and, after her playing career, worked as a scout and player development coach. For the Philadelphia 76ers. He spent four seasons as an assistant for the Sacramento Kings before being named head coach of the Stockton Kings.

Last week, Harding became the first woman to be named NBA G League Coach of the Year after leading the Stockton Kings to a 24-10 regular season record.

Harding has also coached the Mexican women’s national team since 2022 and previously served in the same role for the South Sudan women’s team.

While women coaching in the NBA is still rare, more women are working as player development coaches or second or third assistants. Becky Hammon was a top assistant to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for years. When Popovich was benched against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 30, 2020, she became the first woman to be a head coach in an NBA game. She was also the head coach for the Spurs during the NBA Summer League, a showcase for rookies and young players hoping to make a team in the autumn.

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