Report: Lieberman expected to become Sacramento Kings assistant

The first time something notable happens, that’s big news, the sort of stuff that would have them saying “Stop the presses!” in old movies.

The second time it happens, that can be a big deal as well, especially when it’s something like this: Nancy Lieberman, a Naismith Hall of Famer and one of the all-time greats of women’s basketball, is expected to become an assistant coach this season with the Sacramento Kings.

The third and the fourth and the fifth, and so on? That’s when the news value will wane and the impact will grow. Here at Hang Time HQ, we’re looking forward to that inverse relationship kicking in, for that time when there’s no more novelty effect to such a hire.

But being No. 2 still merits headlines, especially given Lieberman’s platinum-level hoops career. The Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voison reported that Kings vice president Vlade Divac offered Lieberman a position on coach George Karl‘s staff. Assuming she takes it, she would join San Antonio’s Becky Hammon as the NBA’s only two female assistant coaches.

Here are particulars from the Bee report:

“Definitely I’m going to offer her a job,” Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday. “George (Karl) and I talked about bringing her back after she helped us at Summer League (in Las Vegas). She was terrific. She brings a different dimension. I think is a nice opportunity for her.”

Lieberman said Thursday she will accept the offer. Divac said he expects to make an announcement next week.

Lieberman has a storied and expansive basketball history. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has been an Olympian, college star at Old Dominion, among the original players in the WNBA and former coach of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson hired her to coach the [Dallas] Legends of the NBA Development League in 2009 and she became the assistant general manager in 2011.


  1. Tom says:

    Anything can happen in US except a female president. Tom

  2. Brian says:

    Geez Jay

  3. drago says:

    Vlade Divac is the guy the Kings craved for all these years he knows basketball in and out.

  4. jay says:

    This is such a copycat move by the dysfunctional kings. It would’ve meant something if it was any other team

    • Andy says:

      Cynical much? That’s really your thinking on this? A team would hire a hall of famer just because she’s a woman and the Spurs did it? The national thought process on the Sacramento Kings is the absolute worst thing I’ve ever seen. Open your eyes and think for yourself, stop parroting what everybody else is saying.

    • Siraulo says:

      What’s next?.. A gay coach?..then a handicapped one… Only in U s A!.. We’re unique!

    • embryoplant says:

      mellowing a tension

      not bad

    • FT says: