Since it was announced that Phil Chenier would no longer be the Wizards’ TV color analyst last spring, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has been searching for his successor. Wizards training camp is coming in less than two weeks, so an announcement has to be made very soon.
According to Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, ESPN’s Kara Lawson is one of the leading candidates to take the reins this fall:
([Chenier’s] replacement has not yet been named, but an announcement is expected soon. CSN auditioned potential replacements over the summer, and people familiar with the process have consistently identified Kara Lawson as a leading candidate.)
Lawson is a familiar face in Washington D.C. sports. She attended West Springfield High School in Virginia where she was one of the top high school players in the country.
After her college career at Tennessee, Lawson played over a decade in the WNBA, where she played for the Sacramento Monarchs (2003-09), Connecticut Sun (2010-13), and the Washington Mystics (2014-15). As a pro, Lawson won a championship with the Monarchs in 2005, a WNBA All-Star in 2007, and was on the 2008 USA Basketball women’s national team that won the gold medal in the Olympics.
Player accomplishments are great, but broadcasting work’s more important. Lawson has done work for Comcast SportsNet West (now NBC Sports California) for the Kings from 2004-07 and has served as an NBA analyst and color commentator for ESPN on television and radio. She has also been a color analyst for men’s and women’s college basketball games while working for ESPN.
There are still a few weeks until we know for sure who the next Wizards color analyst is. However, if Lawson is in fact the next Wizards color analyst, she will be a steal because of her experience as a player, analyst, and her national exposure.