Becky Hamann becomes NBA’s first female head coach after Spurs eliminated Gregg Popovich


“You’ve got them,” San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon said when head coach Gregg Popovich told them when he left the court during the second quarter of the home game against defending champions Los Angeles Lakers.

Hammon thus became the first woman to coach in an NBA team on Wednesday when Popovich was ruled out for entering the court after yelling at an official and making a non-call.

“I try not to think about its huge picture and its huge aspect because it can be overwhelming,” said Hamon, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t really have time to reflect. I don’t have time to look at my phone. So, I don’t know what’s happening outside the AT&T Center.”

She said that in the historic moment she was just trying to get the players to their right places.

“Trying to inspire them. Obviously, this is a learning situation for all of us, but I would love to hang out there with a win with friends.”

Basic Harmon looked at Mural in talent, paying attention to the head-coaching dream.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hamann, San Antonio, breaks through a time gap in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Heman became the first woman to direct an NBA team. The Lakers suffered a 121–107 loss after coach Greg Popovich took on the Spurs. (The Associated Press)

Los Angeles beat San Antonio 121–107 but lacquer LeBron James said much about Hammon’s milestone.

James said he had apparently been paying his dues for the past few years and Coach Pop gave him a chance. “It’s a beautiful thing, just hearing his barking sounds, barking sets. He’s very passionate about the game. Congratulations to him and congratulations to our league.”

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel called the moment “well deduced”.

“I’ve talked to him before and he really knows his stuff and obviously he’s here for a reason. He is equipped, intelligent (and) people have great respect for him. He will one day be a great coach Is going.”

Spurs player DeMar Derajan said Hamon is always fast on his feet in timeouts with Popovich.

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“He tells us about the defensive assignment, the offensive set that we should run,” he said. “Seeing him at the forefront, it would certainly have been good for him to win.”

A three-time All-American at Colorado State, Hamann played for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars at the WNBA before retiring to join Popovich’s staff in 2014.

Hamann was the first full-time female assistant coach in league history.

The Lakers took their first double-digit lead to a 35-25 level with 1:14 remaining on Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 1 remaining in the first quarter.

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DeRozan added 23 for the Spurs, who lost their second match after opening the season with two consecutive wins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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