Nancy Lieberman Rumors
Women have coached men’s teams before, such as Charlotte Bobcats sideline reporter Stephanie Ready, who was an assistant coach for a NBADL team in the early 2000s while Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman coached the NBADL’s Texas Legends in 2009. But Nakase is going after the big carrot, one of 30 NBA jobs, fully understanding she will have to overcome several stereotypes and barriers in her quest. She worked as video coordinator for the Clippers the past three years and two current NBA coaches — Indiana’s Frank Vogel and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra — began their careers as video coordinators. So there is a blueprint for her success. But she has to be taken seriously as a coach, and the experience last week in Las Vegas added to her legitimacy. Nakase has her mind focused on one goal, and she knows that skipping steps is not an option. “It was great to get back into it,” Nakase said this week. “Coaching is my comfort zone. So it’s almost like home for me to get back out there and coach. But it wouldn’t have happened if all the other [Clippers] coaches on our staff weren’t supportive. They were basically like mentoring me.”
Lieberman is now the assistant general manager for the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends. She also serves as a pregame and postgame TV analyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder, working out of a studio in Dallas. “My goal in the next year or two is to be coaching in the NBA,” she said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of people that go, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ “I don’t want to coach in the NBA because I’m a girl. I want to coach in the NBA because I’m qualified.” Lieberman is a frequent visitor to the commonwealth, either to return to her alma mater or to see her son at the University of Richmond. T.J. Cline is redshirting with the Spiders this season after transferring from Niagara.
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