Although 2020 is almost over, it puts out the game’s milestones. On Wednesday night, for the first time, a woman served as the head coach in an NBA game.
When Spurs coach Greg Popovich was dismissed after arguing with the referee in the second quarter of the game with the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, he turned to his assistant Becky Hammon and indicated that he should handle the team needed.
“He officially pointed at me,” Hammon said. “That was it. Said, ‘You’ve got them.’ Obviously, this is a big thing. This is an important moment. “
“It was business as usual,” she said. “They are used to hearing my voice in practice. In practice, Pop would put us in two teams and we would each have a team. So they use to listen to me outside, see me doing a play on the board or WhatsApp.
Although not many milestones were scored during the game, which the Lakers won, 121–107, the response was later put down.
Lebron James of the Lakers said, “It’s a beautiful thing to hear his barking voice, go off the set.” “He is very passionate about the game. So congratulations to him, congratulations to our league. “
Hammon, 43, was out of Colorado State, but played in the WNBA for 16 years, where he was a six-time All Star. After passing for the United States Olympic team, she represented Russia, where she also played professionally in the 2008 and 2012 Games.
On his flight home from the 2012 London Games, Hamon had a seatmate Popovich. She remembered that he asked her, “So if you were helpful to me and I asked you something, would you tell me the truth?”
He replied, “I don’t know why you would ask that you don’t want to tell me the truth.” He replied, “Well, I don’t want a bunch of men yes.”
In 2013, Hammon instigated the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his WNBA season abruptly. While she was in rehab, she served as a coaching trainee with Spurs. And in 2014, Popovich hired her as the first full-time female assistant coach in the league.
At the time, she said of Popovich: “Honestly, I don’t think he pays two cents that I’m a woman. And I don’t want to be hired because I’m a woman.” He thrice spurs Las Vegas Summer Was the head coach of the league team, winning the title in 2015.
There were other milestones for women in the Games this year.
In November, Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became one of the first women to play and score in a regular-season game at one of College Football’s Power 5 conferences when she kicked for the team. Kim Ng became the first woman to run a major league team’s baseball operations when she was named general manager of the Miami Marlins. In an exhibition game in July, Alyssa Nacken of the San Francisco Giants became the first woman to coach on the field in the major leagues.
Hammon’s trailblazing in the league sparked speculation that he would one day be a head coach, and he has been reported to be a candidate for several top jobs in the past, most recently the Indiana Pacers.
“The future is bright for him,” said Dejounte Murray of Spurs after the game. “I hope she just sticks to it and doesn’t give up. One day it may happen, it may not, who knows, but she is definitely on the right road.”
Hamon sought to remain focused on his duties.
“I’m just in the moment with people,” she said. “Trying to figure out what is the best way to help them.”