The San Antonio Spurs have a new addition to their 2014-2015 coaching staff.
The San Antonio Spurs have a new addition to their 2014-2015 coaching staff. Newly retired and six-time WNBA All-star, Becky Hammon will be courtside assistant coaching with Gregg Popovich.
She won't be the first female coach in the NBA, but she is the first female assistant coach. Popovich was seemed thrilled to have Hammon who played her last eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars and has helped work with the Spurs in the past.
"I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," coach 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."
Popovich runs a tight ship in San Antonio and believes that coaching men's basketball has nothing to do with sex, it has to do with talent and ability; coaching has no limitations. Coach Pop was asked about Hammon last year and said, "She wants to coach after she's done. Because she's not just a good player but a smart player, a great person in our community, just somebody that we all respect so much, we gave her the opportunity to sit with us during the year. She came to our coaches' meetings, argued with us. She did everything."
Becky Hammon is the San Antonio Stars all-time leader in assists and 3-point field goals. She also ranks second in franchise history with 3,442 points.