Former Duke women’s basketball star Lindsey Harding blazing a new trail as full-time scout for Sixers (USA)
If she had her choice, Lindsey Harding would’ve played basketball for the rest of her life. The Duke alumna and former No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick had spent most of her time on the hardwood, dating back more than a decade to her days at Cy-Fair High School just outside of Houston.
But after spending time with 13 teams all around the world, Harding began to look to the future.
“Playing in a different city from where you might live and having to go to Europe for seven or seven and a half months, you miss everything,” Harding said. “You miss birthdays, graduations, babies being born, and I knew I wasn’t going to do it forever. I knew there needed to be something next.”
That “next” was an opportunity with the Philadelphia 76ers, who hired Harding as a pro personnel scout in August. Harding is the second-ever full-time female scout in the NBA, and the 2007 Naismith Player of the Year joins Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, Mavericks assistant Jenny Boucek and Clippers assistant coach Natalie Nakase among the very few former WNBA players who are now working in the world’s premier men’s basketball league.
Harding will link up with a couple other former Blue Devils in the City of Brotherly Love—veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick returns to the Sixers for a second season and Elton Brand, the top overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft, is at the helm of the front office as the team’s newly-hired general manager.
“I think it’s kind of unheard of for someone to retire and two years later be the GM. I want to be on that path,” Harding said of Brand. “I know he’s excited. We have a really solid group there and we’re all there. He’s not just there on an island. He’s the boss, but it’s all of us pitching in.”
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