Celtics send off Kara Lawson with touching t-shirt tribute

Rob Bradford
July 14, 2020 - 8:17 am

For one moment everybody on the Celtics was a fan of Duke. They had the t-shirts to prove it.

In a touching tribute, the entire group of Celtics who are preparing for the rebooted 2019-20 season in Orlando all donned "Duke" t-shirts out of respect to assistant coach Kara Lawson, who is headed to become the head women's basketball coach at the university.

It’s been an emotional few days for me. And, while I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity in front of me at Duke University, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the team I’m leaving behind. These men have changed my life. I have loved my time with the Boston Celtics. Our players are authentic, intelligent, creative and passionate men. They motivated me every day to be my best for them. They surprised me last night by all wearing @DukeWBB T-shirts for an incredible show of support before I head to Durham. I cried. They would probably laugh and tell you I’ve cried a lot these last few days but I will tell you having relationships with players that move you to those kinds of emotions is the most meaningful pursuit one can have as a coach. I love them and I will miss them.

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The 39-year-old Lawson joined the Celtics in June 2019, having most recently made her mark as a national broadcaster. She began her broadcasting career in 2015 after retiring from the WNBA. As a player, Lawson won a Gold Medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics, having starred for Pat Summit's Tennessee team from 1999-2003.