Seattle, WA- History has been broken once again in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia 76ers have hired Lindsey Harden as their full-time scout.
Harden, who was selected in 2007 as the #1 draft picked worked her way up from being on the court to analyzing how players play. “I think when you have this goal in mind, your gender shouldn’t even matter,” Harding told ESPN. “It should be about if you can do it, if you’re good, you’re experienced, if you know what you’re doing and what you’re talking about,” said Harden.
After her ninth season in the WNBA, Harden decided to retire in 2017 and worked in the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associates Program. After she finished the program, she looked for teams that she could see herself grow with. She worked as an assistant on the Toronto Raptors’ summer league coaching staff and was inspired to make the NBA push San Antonio assistant coach Becky Hammon told her that she should take the “leap of faith” and work her way towards the NBA because there are not many women coaches in the league.
Harden took Hammon’s advice and wowed the 76ers with her knowledge about breaking down players’ skillset.
“Lindsey has quickly become one of the game’s bright young minds in basketball operations,” 76ers General Manager Brett Brown said. “Having graduated from the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associates Program last season, Lindsey is applying the same grit and basketball IQ she used as a player in her move to the front office. We look forward to the work Lindsey will do to help grow our program and further solidify a culture of winning.
“It’s no secret how much I value the culture we’ve built in Philadelphia and how much a family-like atmosphere means to our program. Lindsey is a leader, and she is a welcomed addition to the 76ers family. I look forward to working with her.”
The NBA is gradually breaking the barriers of letting women coach and show their knowledge about the game itself. There are seven women who are coaches in the NBA right now and some of them feel more women need to get out there and impact the league.