The National Basketball Association has joined the NFL in having a female as a coach; but the NBA has gone one step further…Becky Hammon becomes the first female head coach in the league by leading the San Antonio Spurs.
Hammon took over the head coaching duties after Gregg Popovich was ejected from the game after making history as the league’s first assistant coach.
Hammon took over the head coaching duties with just under four minutes remaining in the second quarter when he yelled at an official and walked out onto the court; and while it was a historic moment, the Las Angeles Lakers ultimately pulled out the win with a score of 121 to 107.
Hammon spoke on the evening’s events saying, “I try not to think of the huge picture and huge aspect of it because it can be overwhelming. I really have had no time to reflect. I have not had time to look at my phone. So, I don’t know what’s going on outside the AT&T Center.”
She added, (I was) “) trying to get the guys in the right spots. Trying to get them motivated. Obviously, it’s a learning situation for all of us, but I would have loved to have walked out there with a win with the guys.”
Lakers star player LeBron James spoke on the historic moment saying, “obviously she’s been paying her dues over the last few years and Coach Pop has given her the opportunity. … It’s a beautiful thing just to hear her barking out calls, barking out sets. She’s very passionate about the game. Congrats to her and congrats for our league.”
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also spoke on Hammon’s head coaching debut saying, “well deserved. I’ve talked to her before and she really knows her stuff and obviously she’s here for a reason. She’s equipped, intelligent (and the) guys have great respect for her. She’s going to be a great coach one day.”
Hammon comes to the Spurs as a three time All American basketball player at Colorado State and stints with the WNBA New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars.
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