The Philadelphia 76ers have made a historic addition to their coaching staff after losing one assistant coach, Billy Lange, to the college ranks. According to a report by Philly.com’s Marcus Hayes, the Sixers have promoted Lindsey Harding from pro scout to player development coach on Monday. The Sixers originally hired her just to scout, but she quickly rose up the ladder and general manager Elton Brand has his eye on her.
“After we interviewed her this summer, everyone I spoke to about her said how driven she was and that her knowledge of the game was impeccable,” said Sixers general manager Elton Brand.
He expects Harding to head her own team sooner than later: “Whether that’s the NBA, or a collegiate program – I don’t think she’ll be at the player-development level for very long.”
Harding becomes the seventh female assistant coach in the NBA and she’s the first in Sixers history. She came to Philadelphia for the opportunity and she has taken full advantage of it.
“I wanted to get my foot in the door,” said Harding said last month. She craved a taste of everything: “On-court coaching opportunities. Other front-office opportunities. Other scouting opportunities.”
No other team offered the entire buffet. “The feeling here, the vibe, the support, growth – the belief in me,” Harding said. “Knowing that I know the game.”
Harding, a former No. 1 pick of the WNBA Draft out of Duke much like Brand who was also a No. 1 pick out of Duke, played nine seasons in the WNBA and finished with career averages of 9.8 points and four assists.
If this start is any indication, Harding looks like she has a bright future with the Sixers organization and gives an opportunity to women everywhere.