Retired WNBA Player and Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings
What a ride it’s been for Lindsey Harding. After being drafted from Duke as a number one pick, she spent 9 years with various WNBA teams, including the Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream, Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury. But that wasn’t all. In the off season, she took the route many WNBA players do in order to earn a little more income and traveled overseas to play. That amount of work and travel can wear on anyone, and Harding realized that she wanted something a little more stable.
The Houston native’s journey to the NBA began when she retired from pro basketball in 2017. She joined the NBA’s basketball operations associates program, a two-year immersion-based career development program that features the strategy, structure and operations of the NBA.
After the program, the Philadelphia 76ers hired as a full-time NBA scout, making her the first Black woman history to work in that role. Harding made history again when she became the Sixers’ first female assistant coach when she was promoted to player development coach. Most recently, began working as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
She told ESPN, “This isn’t the only job in the world that was difficult for women to break through,” she said. “At one point, with every job, there was only one woman doing it. and then eventually other women start doing it. I mean, you don’t think twice now when you see a female doctor.”
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