Kara Lawson's basketball résumé is the stuff of legends. Two state High School titles at West Springfield. All-American at Tennessee. Gold medalist for USA Basketball. WNBA championship with the Sacramento Monarchs. The All-Star shined during 13 WNBA seasons, including the last two with the Washington Mystics.
Now there's a good chance the 35-year-old guard and Alexandria native's on-court resume won't any additional chapters.
While she has not officially retired, Lawson is not on the Mystics roster for the 2016 season. The belief is that she will instead focus on her burgeoning broadcasting career.
"She chose to work for ESPN as of right now, " Mystics coach Mike Thibault told CSNmidatlantic.com.
Thibault, who also serves as the team's general manager, is prepping for the upcoming season as if Lawson will not return. Washington opens training camp this week.
For several years, Lawson spent her offseasons working as a college and professional basketball analyst. Her current ESPN duties include coverage of the NBA playoffs.
Lawson averaged 9.6 points and sank 93.9 percent of her free throws last season in 22 games for the Mystics, who reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons under Thibault. The career 39 percent 3-point shooter played a key role on Sacramento's 2005 title team and won gold with USA basketball in 2008.
Thibault coached Lawson for three seasons with the Connecticut Sun including 2012 when she averaged a career-high 15.1 points. Named Washington's coach and GM in December 2012, Thibault acquired Lawson before the 2014 season to serve as a perimeter option and veteran leader.