San Antonio Spurs Make History by Hiring Becky Hammon

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Becky Hammon Joins Spurs Staff

Becky Hammon Joins the Spurs

Becky Hammon With Coach Popovich

WNBA Star Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon - Spurs Assistant Coach

Becky Hammon Speaks to Press

Becky Hammon - WNBA Star

Becky Hammon - First Female NBA Assistant Coach

The San Antonio Spurs made a history-making move on Tuesday by hiring former WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Hammon will be the first female full-time assistant coach in the NBA.

The Spurs have a pretty good summer. After winning the NBA title, the team got to work and resigned their core role players including Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. Coach Gregg Popovich got a contract extension and so did starting point guard Tony Parker. Spurs legend Tim Duncan decided to come back another year, too.

They didn’t stop there, however. They also beefed up their coaching staff, hiring four-time Euroleague Champion and two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year, Ettore Messina as an assistant. And now, they have added Hammon.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”

Lisa Boyer was an assistant with the Cavaliers back in 2001-02, but she wasn’t paid by the Cavs and didn’t travel with the team.

Natalie Nakase, the assistant video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers, coached in summer league but not during the season.

Hammon was a six-time WNBA All-Star and spend eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars. She is the franchise’s all-time leader in assists and 3-point field goals made. She was also named one of the WNBA’s top 15 all-time players back in 2011.

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