Women's Influence Growing in US Men's Professional Basketball
Training is over for the day, but one Boston Celtics basketball team coach is still working.
Assistant coach Kara Lawson is on the team's court helping new player Carsen Edwards improve his game. He gets the ball into the basket several times and then runs over to her.
"Thanks coach," Edwards says before exchanging a high-five with Lawson.
Welcome to the new look of the National Basketball Association, or NBA - the men's professional basketball league in North America. Women now are involved in most parts of the organization — from broadcasting, officiating and coaching to high-level management and even team ownership.
Lawson is one of a record high 11 women serving as assistant coaches among the 30 NBA teams.
"It's not a fad," said former professional basketball player Nancy Lieberman. "It's opportunities going to very accomplished women who have given their life to the game."
The change in the NBA is recent. The 61-year-old Lieberman remembers a time when women were rarely seen in the NBA.
Lieberman herself has broken barriers as a player, as a coach in the WNBA, as head coach in an NBA minor league and as an assistant in the NBA. She says she quickly learned that building relationships was critical to easing gender barriers in the organization.
She found support from organization members, like former coach Don Nelson. In 2009, he chose Lieberman to be head coach of the minor league Texas Legends team. Now she serves as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, along with two other women.
Players respect the women assistant coaches for their experience and knowledge of the game.
Kara Lawson was a basketball star at the University of Tennessee and later won a WNBA championship with the Sacramento Monarchs. She also won a gold medal with the U.S women's basketball team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
She retired from play in 2015. Earlier this year, she joined the Celtics as a coach.
Player Gordon Hayward said Lawson has made her presence felt.
"She's been good as far as just the experience she has as a basketball player," Hayward said. "Having [someone] that well-versed in basketball, that experience is good."
One female assistant coach, Kristi Toliver, does double duty. She plays for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. She also serves as an assistant coach to the NBA's Washington Wizards team.
"The biggest thing I learned is to share your voice and what you've learned," Toliver said. "Doing that has helped me communicate with my guys."
Richard Lapchick examines racial and gender hiring numbers for the NBA and other professional sports organizations. He praised the leadership of Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner. Silver said the league needed to increase the number female coaches and referees.
Along with the record number of female assistants, five female referees will be working NBA games this season.
Lapchick believes the NBA will soon have its first female head coach. He said such a move would go a long way toward putting even more women in position to make decisions in the sport.
"I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen before the next season," he said.
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1.Assistant coach 助理教练
Assistant coach give more help in training team from all aspects.
2.head coach 主教练
Head Coach hirings/firings are now tracked in the Transaction Report.
3.Along with 随着
May I go along with you?
4.gold medal 金牌
Later in the week, the Kenyans waltzed off with gold medal in the steeplechase.
5."She's been good as far as just the experience she has as a basketball player," Hayward said.
as far as 就...而言；远到
As far as I know he'll be away for three months.
I'll keep you company as far as the station.
6.He gets the ball into the basket several times and then runs over to her.
runs over to 冲向
He often runs over to my office to talk about his work.
The boy runs over to his mother when he sees his mother.
助理教练卡拉·劳森（Kara Lawson）在该队的球场上帮助新球员卡森·爱德华兹提高球技 。在几次投篮命中后，他向着卡拉跑去 。
欢迎欣赏美国国家篮球协会—北美男子职业篮球联盟的全新面貌 。女性现在参与了该机构的大部分工作，从转播、主持、教练到高层管理，甚至是球队老板 。
前职业篮球运动员南希·利伯曼（Nancy Lieberman）表示：“这不是一时的流行，这是将一生奉献给比赛的优秀的女性的机会 。”
这一变化是NBA近年才出现的 。61岁的利伯曼回忆，她那个时代，NBA很少出现女性的身影 。
作为一名球员，WNBA的教练，NBA发展联盟的主教练以及NBA的助理教练，利伯曼一步步打破了壁垒 。她说，她很快意识到建立人际关系对于缓解该机构中的性别障碍的重要性 。
她获得了机构成员的支持，例如前教练唐·尼尔森 。2009年，唐尔森选择利伯曼作为发展联盟的德州传奇队的主教练 。现在她与另外两名女性在萨克拉曼多国王队联合担任助理教练 。
劳森曾经是田纳西大学的篮球明星，后来随同萨克拉门托君主队获得了WNBA冠军 。她还在2008年北京奥运会上随同美国女篮摘得一枚金牌 。
她于2015年退役 。今年年初，她作为教练加入了凯尔特人队 。
海沃德表示：“单就她作为篮球运动员的经历而言，她一直都很出色 。有这样精通篮球的教练指导，这种经历十分宝贵 。”
女助理教练克里斯蒂·托利弗（Kristi Toliver）也是双重身份 。托利弗效力于WNBA的华盛顿神秘人队 。她还同时担任NBA华盛顿奇才队的助理教练 。
理查德·拉普奇克（Richard Lapchick）研究了NBA和其它职业体育组织中根据种族和性别招聘的人数 。他赞扬了NBA总裁亚当·肖华（Adam Silver）的领导 。肖华表示，联盟需要提高女教练和女裁判的比例 。
拉普奇克相信，NBA很快会出现一位女性主教练 。他说，此举对推动更多女性在这项运动中作出决定将大有帮助 。