NBA teams have been hiring more women than any other sports league… Let me break it down for you.
The latest team to add a female to its front office staff is the Indiana Pacers, who hired Kelly Krauskopf as an assistant general manager. She spent 17 years as the GM of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
Krauskopf joins Lindsey Harding, Sue Bird, Kristi Toliver, and Becky Hammon in joining NBA staffs the past couple of seasons. Nancy Lieberman also spent time coaching in the NBA as an assistant.
“Kelly has played the game, worked in the WNBA league office, helped build and run the Fever franchise from its beginning, and eventually built a championship team,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchardsaid.
“She is very well respected in all basketball circles and she has great knowledge of our entire operation, so when we looked at this position, it made complete sense to just look in our own building. We think she will be a great asset to myself, general manager Chad Buchanan, and senior vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie as we pursue our goal of building a winning team for our state and our city.”
The Spurs hired Hammon as an assistant coach, and in coming years she could emerge as a candidate for a head coaching job.
The Nuggets hired Bird as a basketball operations associate and the Wizards added Toliver to their coaching staff.
A few years ago, Clippers coach Doc Rivers named former UCLA player Natalie Nakase as the team’s summer league coach, and she eventually joined their staff.
And it doesn’t stop there. Reporting on men’s basketball has only been… men. For years, and now more women are being hired as analysts.
To name a couple of the moves, ESPN hired Doris Burke as an NBA analyst, the Wizards hiring Kara Lawson as their main commentator, and former Suns vice president Anne Meyers-Drysdale becoming a color commentator was a prelude to these recent moves.
But as expected some people are against all of it. And well some are worried about the coaches “safety” and we’ve heard from a former player that “hot” women coaches can’t be apart of the men’s league.
Now.. Let’s be real.
This is going to happen in more leagues as time comes. Sports are evolving. I personally love it. And there are women “upset” that these are even “stories”, they should be happy that they are. This is showing growth for the league, players, and fans..