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The NBA is taking another step forward when it comes to equality among the sexes, as today Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Indiana Pacers are making a landmark hire.
The tweet out early Monday states that the Pacers are hiring longtime WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf, and that she will become the the first female assistant general manager in NBA history.
The report by Wojnarowski says that Krauskopf will “work with the Pacers’ basketball operations staff, including president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard, general manager Chad Buchanan and assistant GM Peter Dinwiddie.”
Krauskopf is no stranger to the Indianapolis area, as she was the president and general manager of the Indiana Fever for 17 years before relinquishing her role as GM to coach Pokey Chatman in November of 2017.
After leaving that spot, she moved to a position focused on building the Pacers eSports franchise Pacers Gaming to assist with that, which has lead her now to an even bigger role with the Pacers franchise.
Krauskopf has also worked with the USA Basketball’s women’s national team, involved with picking the players that netted the United States three gold medals in recent history.
She isn’t the very first women’s assist GM in all of sports, as Major League Baseball already has had two women assistant general managers, with Jean Afterman still employed as an executive for the New York Yankees.