A certain generation of basketball fans only found out women’s basketball was a real and potent thing when Nancy Lieberman came along. Now a new generation will learn some of the fundamentals of the game from a woman who long ago mastered many of them: Nancy Lieberman has been named an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings under head coach George Karl. She’s the second woman to nab a coaching spot in the NBA; the Spurs announced Becky Hammon last year. Lieberman has previously coached in the NBA Developmental League.
Lieberman was a 3-time All-American and 2-time National Champion at Old Dominion University. The 5’10” guard from Brooklyn was nicknamed Lady Magic after a guy who used to run Showtime for the Lakers — after winning his own national championship at Michigan State. A silver medalist in the Olympics, Lieberman is in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. She may have won gold, too, but for the 1980 US boycott of the Olympics. The Nancy Lieberman Award is given to the top point guard in Division 1 women’s college basketball each year.
©First Hoops™ Project Nancy Lieberman Basketball Hall of Famer talks about her Dream Courts, Billy Crystal, her foundation, World Ventures Foundation, Town of Long Beach and giving back at the dedication in Long Beach, NY.