SPURS Shocks NBA World with female coach
The NBA world was in shock when assistant coach Rebecca hammon popularly known as Becky hammon was given the keys to the kingdom as she became the first woman to take charge of an NBA team in history as head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected.
Popovich received two technical fouls with 3:56 left in the second quarter of what will be a 121-107 spurs defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers
Speaking to pressmen hammon said:
“I did not walk into the arena thinking I would be coaching tonight, but that’s the way things go and you roll with it, and I would have liked a different outcome,”
She went on to further state that she would have loved to win more than anything else
Hammon, 43, has been an assistant coach for the Spurs since August 2014, the first woman to be paid for that job in an official, full-time capacity.
Hammon is once again a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, for the class of 2021. Before Wednesday’s game, Popovich was asked about that, as well as for his thoughts on Hammon’s playing days and coaching career.
“Obviously, I think very much of her abilities having hired her. That all began when I saw her play,” Popovich said.
“She was a leader, everybody on the team reacted to her, she was very confident, very competitive and she led the whole show. And when I got to know her and she was in our coaches’ meetings before she was hired, while she was hurt for a season, we found out about her knack for the game, her innate understanding of what wins, what loses, what has to be there to make a program.
“So she’s got all of the tools necessary to be a heck of a coach in our league.”
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