On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs named Becky Hammon an assistant coach. With the move, Hammon will become the second-ever female assistant coach in the NBA. This move should not come as a shock to anyone, as the Spurs have always been a franchise ahead of their counterparts.
Hammon, whose retirement from the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA is pending, is a six-time WNBA All-Star. She is seventh in WNBA history in points with 5,809 and fourth in assists with 1,687. Her experience also ranks as one of the best in WNBA history, as she is sixth in games played at 445.
Clearly, coaching as an assistant for at least a few years under Gregg Popovich will do wonders for Hammon’s development as a coach. Popovich is one of the best coaches in NBA history, so Hammon could not have asked for a better situation.
In response to the hire, Popovich noted Hammon’s “basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills” as qualities that will benefit San Antonio’s organization. Unsurprisingly, these three qualities have been a staple in the Spurs’ organization over the years. As usual, San Antonio found a piece that fits this mold perfectly.
The Spurs have always seemed to be a team making moves for the future, even if that is not so clear at first. San Antonio made a great decision hiring Hammon, who will be groomed by an organization known for getting the most out of their players and coaches. As Hammon develops her name as a respectable NBA assistant coach, the Spurs will have demonstrated to the rest of the league another way to be successful.