Kara Lawson to coach Team USA in new Olympic event

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Duke women’s basketball head coach Kara Lawson will take part in the Olympics later this month.

Lawson, who played for the Lady Vols under head coach Pat Summitt, will coach Team USA’s 3×3 women’s basketball team. The event is new to the Olympics this year.

Team USA will be comprised of four players, including Kelsey Plum, Katie Lou Samuelson, Stefanie Dolson and Allisha Gray.

The team went undefeated (6-0) in the recent FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

France and Japan also qualified with their showings in the FIBA tournament. Eight teams will compete later this month in the Olympics.

Despite being Team USA’s head coach, Lawson, under Olympic rules, will not coach in the games.

Coaches are only permitted to direct practice and preparation.

Lawson, an All-America standout during her playing days at Tennessee, won a gold medal for Team USA as a player in 2008.

She played in the WNBA and was formerly a commentator and studio analyst at ESPN before becoming an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.