Daily Sports Smile: Duke WBB coach Kara Lawson uplifts team with inspirational message during practice

Duke head coach Kara Lawson smiles during NCAA college basketball Atlantic Coast Conference media day, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
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Duke women’s basketball coach Kara Lawson has seen it all on the hardwood. After years of WNBA and Olympic success, Lawson is now looking to guide a talented Blue Devils roster to ACC supremacy.

This week, Lawson drew viral headlines with her uplifting message during a recent practice session. She encouraged players to never let anyone impact their self-esteem and confidence.

The inspirational words were shared on Duke’s official women’s basketball Twitter account. The post was labeled “confidence comes from within.”

“If you give someone externally the power to impact what kind of day you are going to have, what type of attitude you are going to have, how hard you are going to work, you are seeding something that is like really, really valuable in life,” Lawson told the team in the uplifting message.

Lawson later explained that it is up to each player to control how they handle situations. She mentioned that is powerful to have self-confidence both inside and out.

“You control that,” Lawson continued. “Don’t give me that power. Don’t give me that. Don’t let me control whether you are going to have a good day or not. Whether you feel good about yourself or that you feel validated. I don’t get to do that for you. … Never give anybody that power.”

Several former players chimed in with reactions. Former Duke star Elizabeth Williams was really receptive of the powerful words

Lawson displayed leadership throughout her career. She played 13 seasons in the WNBA and won the 2005 WNBA title with the Sacramento Monarchs. She also led Team USA to the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal and coached the USA 3-on-3 National team to gold at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The Blue Devils will open the season against Wingate on Nov. 4. It will be the Blue Devils first time back in action since canceling the remainder of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 concerns.