Kara Lawson

Danny Ainge honors Kara Lawson, wears Duke jersey in Twitter post

Danny Ainge honors Kara Lawson, wears Duke jersey in Twitter post

Kara Lawson continues to get overwhelming support from her former Boston Celtics colleagues as she leaves to become the new Duke women's basketball head coach.

Celtics team president Danny Ainge paid tribute to Lawson on Saturday with a perfect Twitter post and photo of himself posing in a Duke jersey.

"Grateful for my association with ⁦@karalawson20! It’s truly amazing how some can have such an impact, on so many, in such a short amount of time," he wrote. "I will be the first one to complain for playing time. #putmeincoach."

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It's clear the C's will miss Lawson, who was hired as an assistant coach last summer. Several players including Marcus Smart, Rob Williams, and Jayson Tatum have opened up about the positive impact Lawson has had on them.

The feeling was mutual, as Lawson posted a tribute of her own after accepting the Duke job.

"These men have changed my life. I have loved my time with the Boston Celtics," Lawson wrote Tuesday on Instagram. "Our players are authentic, intelligent, creative and passionate men. They motivated me every day to be my best for them."

The Celtics will replace Lawson in the Orlando bubble with Brandon Bailey, who is also in his first season as a Celtics assistant.

Kara Lawson writes heartfelt tribute to Celtics after landing Duke job

Kara Lawson writes heartfelt tribute to Celtics after landing Duke job

Kara Lawson was only on the Celtics' coaching staff for one season, but it was clearly a special experience both for her and the team.

On Sunday, C's head coach Brad Stevens and some of the Celtics players both congratulated Lawson on her new job as head coach of the women's basketball team at Duke and described how much of an impact she made in her limited time in Boston.

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Marcus Smart was effusive in his praise for the former Olympic gold medalist, saying, "she became more than just my shooting coach, she became a longtime friend and somebody I know I can talk to if I ever need advice.”

On Wednesday morning, it was Lawson's turn to express her appreciation for the Celtics in an emotional social media post, writing, "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."

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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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Seeing the entire C's contingent decked out in Duke women's basketball shirts makes you realize the genuine affection and appreciation the players built for Lawson in such a short time — and it's no surprise that Jayson Tatum is front and center in the picture as Lawson heads to Durham.

Enes Kanter, always a consistent presence on social media, summed up the photo with a perfect one-word caption: FAMILY.

With Lawson leaving the Orlando bubble, the Celtics are replacing her on the traveling coaching staff with Brandon Bailey, who is also in his first season as a Celtics assistant.

2020 NBA restart: How Celtics will replace Kara Lawson on coaching staff

2020 NBA restart: How Celtics will replace Kara Lawson on coaching staff

Kara Lawson's exciting new gig means the Boston Celtics have a vacancy to fill in Orlando.

The Celtics assistant coach is leaving the team to become the Duke women's basketball head coach after accepting the job this weekend. It's a great opportunity for Lawson, who joined Boston last July as the first female assistant coach in franchise history and will become the Duke women's program's first Black head coach.

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The Celtics now can bring an extra assistant coach into the NBA "bubble" to replace Lawson, and they've tabbed Brandon Bailey, head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Monday in a video conference.

Lawson will stay with the team for a few more days before Bailey replaces her at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, per Stevens.

Bailey also is in his first season as a Celtics assistant coach after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the G-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. He initially didn't travel with the C's to Orlando, as the NBA is limiting the number of staffers each team can have on-site under its season restart plan.

Stevens said the Celtics won't seek Lawson's replacement until the offseason but will give a promotion to video coordinator Tony Dobbins, who will move into a coaching role next season and join the Celtics on the bench for games.

An assistant coach leaving the team during the season is nothing new for the Celtics: Micah Shrewsberry departed Boston last May to take an assistant coach job at Purdue, while Walter McCarty left for Evansville two seasons ago in March 2018.

Lawson appeared to be a favorite among the C's players, though, so her presence in Orlando will be missed.

UPDATE (3 p.m. ET): Jaylen Brown seems to be on board with Dobbins' promotion. The Celtics wing has spoken highly of the 38-year-old Dobbins, who played professional basketball in France and Italy before joining the C's staff.