Once again leading the league in progression. The Spurs have hired WNBA San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon, as an assistant coach making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff.
“Nothing in my life has really ever been easy. I’ve always been someone who did it uphill,” Hammon said. “I’m up for challenges. I’m up for being outside the box, making tough decisions and challenges. … And I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw those all in there and this was the perfect challenge and opportunity.”
Of the now historic hiring to his coaching staff, reigning Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich had this to say.
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Popovich said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
Hammon is a six-time WNBA All-Star who was named one of the league’s top 15 players of all time.