Sacramento Kings hire Lindsey Harding as assistant coach
Lindsey Harding has joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant and player development coach. Harding will be a part of head coach Luke Walton’s staff. She just completed her first season as a player development coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Harding, a former Duke basketball star, played nine seasons in the WNBA prior to working as a pro personnel scout and then player development coach for the Sixers. She now joins a growing list of female assistant coaches in the NBA including Boston’s Kara Lawson, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek and Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb.
Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley named to two watch lists
Temple University linebacker Shaun Bradley has certainly attracted a lot of attention heading into his senior season. Bradley has been named to the Bednarik Award Watch List as well as the Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. The late Chuck Bednarik, was a former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ‘69 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ‘67.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, while three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 25. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12.
The Nagurski Trophy Watch List was recently announced by the Football Writers Association of America. Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.
Bradley has played some great football for Temple. The Owls’ middle linebacker is the team’s active leader with 169 tackles, averaging more than 80 a season while starting 25 games over the past two years. He also has the knack of making big plays with 2.0 sacks, 14.0 TFLs, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Temple awards single-digit jersey numbers to its toughest players and Bradley received the number “5” entering his junior season.
Dawn Staley to get Basketball’s Human Spirit Award
Dawn Staley, a former Dobbins basketball star and current head women’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina, has been selected as one of the 2019 Mannie Jackson — Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. The winners were recently announced from the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In addition to Staley, nine-time NBA all-star, Baltimore native and community activist Carmelo Anthony; Harlem Globetrotter, motivational speaker and literacy advocate TyRone Brown were also honored.
The winners will be honored on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Reunion Dinner at the Hall of Fame during the enshrinement weekend.
The Mannie Jackson — Basketball’s Human Spirit Award was established in 2007 to honor individuals who have found the game of basketball to be a contributing aspect of their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others and an avenue that has helped shape his or her growth into a recognized visionary leader. Winners must reflect the values of Mannie Jackson’s life-long mission to overcome obstacles and challenge the status quo, while taking responsibility for his or her actions and seeking he highest standard of excellence.
Philadelphia Soul to face defending Arena Bowl champs
The Philadelphia Soul will battle the defending champion Washington Valor on Sunday, July 28 at Capital One Arena. The kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.