Hamann stepped into the Spurs’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers with 3:56 left in the second quarter. The Lakers won the game 121–107.
“This is obviously a big deal. This is an important moment,” Hamann told reporters. “I’ve been a part of this organization. I did business here (in the WNBA) in 2007, so I’ve lived in San Antonio and been part of the Spurs and sports organization with the Stars and everything for 13 years. So I have There is a lot of time to invest, and I have a lot of time to build me up and make me better.
“To be honest, at this very moment, I was just trying to win the game. I say it a lot, but I try not to think about its huge picture and its huge aspect because it’s heavy. Can. It is my job. To be focused on those people and make sure that I am helping them do the things that will help us win.
“I haven’t really had time to reflect. I haven’t seen my phone, so I don’t know what’s happening outside the AT&T Center tonight.”
Hemon said she did not go into the arena thinking that she would be put in the role of head coach, “but that’s the way things happen and you roll with it,” she said. “I would have liked a different result. Overall, I would have liked to win more than anything tonight.”
Popovich would be credited as the head coach in official statistics, but it was a historic moment. Like how did Hammon know that she would take over for Popovich? “He officially pointed at me,” she said. “That was it. He said, ‘You made them’
Hammon, a six-time WNBA All-Star in her 16-year career, was the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history when she was hired by the Spurs in 2014. He previously served as the Spurs’ head coach at Summer. The league, which is held during the offshines.
Hamon is once again a nominee for the Class of 2021 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Popovich was asked about that, as well as for his thoughts on Hamann’s playing days and coaching career.
“Apparently, I think a lot of his abilities have hired him. It all started when I saw his play,” Popovich said.
“She was a leader, everyone on the team reacted to her, she was very confident, very competitive and she led the whole show. And that’s when I got to know her and she was in our coach meetings before hiring While she was hurt for a season, we came to know her habit for the game, her innate understanding, what wins, what loses, what needs to happen to make the program.
“So he’s got all the equipment necessary to be a heck of a coach in our league.”
Spurs said that after the game, guard Dejounte Murray said: “The future is bright for her. I hope she just sticks to it and doesn’t give up. One day it might happen, it might not, Joe knows, but he certainly is. The right road. I think everyone here appreciates him. … He is setting an example for every woman. “