The San Antonio Spurs are known for being both innovative and very, very boring. They were the first team to turn heavily to scouting European players and have reaped the benefits of that due to their international fanbase, multinational players, and massive success as one of the steadiest teams in the league. The Spurs break ground, but they don’t make a big fuss about it, even when they break one of the biggest gender barriers in sports. The San Antonio Spurs have hired Becky Hammon to be an assistant coach.
Hammon is better known for her WNBA career, where she has played 16 seasons as a member of the San Antonio Stars, with 6 All-Star and two All-WNBA selections to her credit, as well as high numbers in points, assists, and games. She expects to retire after this season and is further expected to immediately join the staff of her new team in the same city. She worked with Spurs staff and players throughout the 2013-14 championship season. The 37-year-old becomes the first paid female assistant coach in NBA history.
“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.” Pop added that he expects Hammond to be a head coach some day, saying “She’s been perfect. She knows when to talk, and she knows when to shut up. That’s as simple as you can put it, and a lot of people don’t figure that out. … She knows how to do it, and our players really respond to her. She’s just a natural.”
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