November 07, 2009

Will a Woman Ever Coach an NBA Team?: Nancy Lieberman has become the first woman to coach an NBA D-League team, taking the reins for the new team the Dallas Mavericks are starting in Frisco, Texas. "How many current D-League coaches are enshrined in Springfield, Mass., which is interestingly where Lieberman broke down barriers 23 years ago?" asks Chris Tomasson on AOL FanHouse. "That would be zero."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:55 AM - 4 comments

It would be great if a qualified female coach got a shot at coaching an NBA team.

As long as they themselves had never been coached by Laimbeer and Mahorn (just kidding).

I can think of a handful of knuckleheads on various NBA teams right now that I'd love to put on one squad and let Pat Summit go straighten 'em out. I'm guessing she would know how to do that. I know I wouldn't want to mess with her.

When she gets that look in her eyes during a game, I have to turn my head away and cut off the TV before the producer calls for a closeup shot and I get caught staring and turn into ashes.

posted by beaverboard at 12:37 PM on November 07, 2009

Thanks for posting this. I kept meaning to and forgetting. It will definitely be interesting to see if this works out. Hopefully being in the D-League will mean the players are more willing to work with any coach.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on November 07, 2009

I'm not sure Pat Summit would make a good NBA coach. The successful college coach that makes the jump and is a successful NBA coach is rare. Lieberman might be the best candidate at the moment. She has pro coaching experience, and was successful as a pro coach. She can't be any worse than Michael Curry...

posted by MeatSaber at 01:31 PM on November 07, 2009

It would be great if a qualified female coach got a shot at coaching an NBA team.

Shiiiit! There are some NBA coaches (which are men) that aren't qualified for the job but they still were hired anyways.

posted by BornIcon at 11:59 AM on November 09, 2009

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