Becky Hammon Becomes First Woman To Lead An NBA Team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 03: Assistant coach Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 03, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Becky Hammon became the first woman to lead an NBA team as a head coach during the regular season, when she took over for San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich after he was ejected during a game on Wednesday.

Hammon stepped in with 3:56 left in the second quarter in the Spurs’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers went on to win the game 121-107.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon with the Spurs’ Quinndary Weatherspoon in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in August. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hammon said she didn’t walk into the arena thinking that she would be put into the role of head coach, “but that’s the way things go and you roll with it,” she said. “I would have liked a different outcome. Overall, I would have loved to get a win tonight more than anything.”

Hammon, a six-time WNBA All-Star in her 16-year playing career, was the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history when hired by the Spurs in 2014. She previously has served as the Spurs’ head coach during Summer League, which is held during the offseason.

Hammon is once again a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, for the class of 2021.

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source: CNN

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