Becky Hammon has been hired by the San Antonio Spurs, to become the first ever female assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon, a decorated WNBA player, was a surprise choice for the role and the decision by the Spurs has shook the world of basketball down to its core. The appointment of Hammon was completely unanticipated around the league.
Becky Hammon has since commented on the decision, “I’m a little overwhelmed”.
Becky Hammon a Point Guard when playing on the WNBA and stands 5-foot-6-inches talland , has admitted she will have to adjust to fit into the role, as Hammon switches from player in the WNBA to assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon a 16-year veteran in the WNBA admitted she was surprised, but Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich believes that Hammon is the perfect fit and a great addition to the Spurs staff, “I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff”, Popovich said in a statement released by the Spurs.
Even with all of the hype surrounding the situation, Hammon knows not to get carried away with her newly found fame, when she was asked about working with the NBA legend and future Hall of fame coach Gregg Popovich, Hammon said, “ I’m sure Pop will be yelling at me soon enough”.
Becky Hammon, who was seen as a tough, hardworking player in the WNBA has all of the professional qualities to be an assistant coach and should fit in well with Gregg Popovich system in San Antonio. Popovich having an Army background looks for people with a certain attitude before hiring new coaches. Becky Hammon fits into his and the Spurs tough system perfectly.
The San Antonio Spurs have made another big step this offseason, by re-signing star Point Guard Tony Parker to a new three year deal, just a week before this summer’s big acquisition in Becky Hammon, the signing is ground breaking for the Spurs and the NBA, who have now set a precedent for the future in the NBA and have taken the next step for the NBA to evolve and improve for a better future and equality in sports.
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