By winstonharris on August 6, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs have always been a forward thinking organization that is always one step ahead of the game. They continued to prove that by hiring WNBA superstar Becky Hammon as their new assistant coach for the upcoming season. There are sure to be many doubts on how this will work out, but here are five ways that Hammon will help the Spurs.
The move to have a full-time, paid female assistant coach is one that has never been done by an NBA team before. Becky Hammon has the opportunity to create opportunity for other great female minds of the game and the Spurs as well. If she can help the Spurs, I'm sure they won't stop at Hammon.
Hammon has the ability to bring a whole other realm of basketball to the Spurs. She was never the quickest or most athletic, which forced her to achieve great amounts of success by using her mind. Her coaching can offer options to be effective in other ways that may even be less strenuous on the older players. This can cut down on injuries, which the Spurs have struggled with.
As Gregg Popovich gets older, the daily grind of an NBA season can take a toll. This was most evident when Popovich had hip-replacement surgery this summer. Hammon can offer some relief because she is more than capable of the physical and mental parts of coaching. Practices, meetings and the in-betweens will be big for Hammon and can ensure Popovich some longevity along the way.
Hammon is one of the greatest basketball minds around, male or female. Her accolades speak for themselves. She is a six time WNBA All-Star, ranks seventh all-time in scoring and fourth all-time in assists. Her ability to see and think the game has put her in the position she is in now. There is no doubt she will help the Spurs' players raise their mental game to anther level.
The Spurs have always been able to find reasons to win and motivation in the face of doubt. Well now they can add one more to the list, because most will be skeptical about the effectiveness of Hammon in this ground breaking position. Hammon can not only provide great coaching, but her presence can be fuel for the championship drive this season.
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