The San Antonio Spurs just made history once more by hiring Becky Hammon as the NBA’s first female assistant coach. The team announced Tuesday (August 5) that the former WNBA star comes into the fold after a successful 15-year run, where she racked up six all-star selections and an Olympic Bronze medal on the Russian national team. Hammon played for both San Antonio and New York during her tenure.
Hammon joins a seasoned staff lead by future Hall of Famer Greg Popovich. Pop spoke highly of Hammon in a statement saying, “I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff. Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
Hammon’s historic move comes a decade after a similar one made by Lisa Boyer. Boyer was hired as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2001-2002 season. However, the coach was paid through the the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers in the capacity of a “volunteer assistant coach.”
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