San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon has lengthy been considered to turn out to be the primary feminine head coach in NBA historical past and on Thursday, she made it clear that she’s prepared for the subsequent step.
She’s served on Gregg Popovich’s bench since 2014, led the group within the NBA Summer season League and subbed in for the pinnacle coach in December when he was ejected. In a teaser trailer for NBC’s “Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration Record,” Hammon mentioned she can be prepared at any time when the second comes.
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“I imply, this ball is rarely shifting quick sufficient, for my part,” Hammon instructed Hoda Kotb. “Folks don’t love doing one thing new and completely different. It is uncomfortable. It takes large quantity of danger. Any individual’s going to must take an opportunity… In some methods, I really feel prefer it could possibly be in a 12 months. In different methods, it could possibly be 10 years. I am probably not positive. What I am positive of is, I will be prepared.”
Popovich, recalling Hammon getting into his function, mentioned in January the choice to rent the previous WNBA star about six years in the past wasn’t about making historical past. He mentioned she was certified to educate the group however simply occurs to be a girl.
FLASHBACK: BECKY HAMMON TAKING OVER AS COACH FOR SPURS ‘WASN’T A BIG DEAL’ FOR GREGG POPOVICH
“As you all know, we’re very participatory. I wish to have my coaches coach. The Lakers have been her scout group. It made whole sense for her to take over. That’s what we’ve executed for many years. That’s nothing new,” Popovich mentioned on the time, by way of the Los Angeles Occasions.
“However on the larger query of her having taken over a NBA sport, to me, it’s not a giant shock. To lots of different individuals it meant lots. I can perceive that. She’s any person who’s very expert and will very simply fulfill the duties of a head coach within the NBA. That goes with out saying. There are ladies in each different endeavor on the planet, whether or not it’s authorities, science, know-how, aviation, it doesn’t matter what it’s. Girls do the identical jobs as nicely and higher than males. That’s a truth. There’s no motive why any person like Becky and different ladies can’t be coaches within the NBA.
“On a bigger scale, that’s why it wasn’t a giant deal to me — as a result of I do know her. And I do know her expertise, and I do know her worth and I do know her future may be very, very brilliant. I perceive the eye it acquired, however in all honesty, I assumed that most individuals already knew that she was certified to be a head coach within the NBA.”
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Hammon had beforehand interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks common supervisor place and the Indiana Pacers head teaching job.