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“You got it” – with that brief handout, Becky Hamman became the first woman to coach an NBA team Wednesday night, leading San Antonio Spurs after coach Greg Bopovic was sacked in the first half.
“Obviously, this is a big deal, this is a significant moment,” Hamman said after the game. He has worked towards the milestone for many years, spending more than a decade in San Antonio as a player or coach.
But on the birthday of defending champions Los Angeles Lakers – and LA superstar LeBron James – in small numbers, Hamman said he wanted to coach his team to a win.
“Honestly, this time, I’m trying to win the game,” Hamman said. “I say this a lot, but I’m not trying to think about the biggest film and its biggest feature, because it’s going to be huge.”
Her job is to focus on helping her players succeed, Hamman said. After the game, the focus did not seem to move: as Hamman spoke, he still relied on rolling figures and tips to make changes in the game for coaches.
Winners, 121-107 – Notice the historical achievements that came out of their opponent’s side. Hamman, James, has paid his arrears at her place.
“It’s a beautiful thing, listening to her barking calls, setting out,” Said James. “He’s very interested in the game. Congratulations to him and to our league.”
“Worthy,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. Noting his respect for Hamman, he said, “He’s going to be a great coach one day.”
Former Laker Pav Casol has spent parts of several recent seasons with Spurs Has tweeted his congratulations To Hamman.
This is the latest underground for Hamman Made history in 2014 When Spurs hired her to a full-time training position. Former Spurs assistant James Borego will step down as head coach of Charlotte Hornets in 2018, joining the sidelined front line with Bobovic, and he has risen in the teams ever since.
Hamman, 43, has been an All-Star defender at the WNBA, playing 16 seasons at the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars and overseas. He was still on the list of stars when he began to spend time with Spurs, noticing a change of career as he was recovering from a knee injury.
And Hamman Made headlines in 2018, When invited to interview for Milwaukee Bucks leadership training job.