Becky Hammon made history Wednesday, becoming the first woman to serve as a head coach during a regular season NBA match.
San Antonio’s assistant coach assumed the position of coach Greg Popovich after he was sent off in the first half of Tottenham’s 121-107 loss to visiting Los Angeles Lakers.
“Obviously it’s a big deal, it’s a pivotal moment,” Hamon said after the match. “I’ve been part of this organization. Traded here in 2007, so I’ve been in San Antonio and part of Tottenham and Sports with the Stars and Everything for 13 years. So, I have a lot of time invested, and have a lot of time invested in building me.” And improving my work. “
Popovi received a technical error and was knocked out with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter for an argument with the referee over not having a call with his team after the Lakers 52-41.
Hamon is in her seventh season as a member of the Tottenham team and has been a six-time WNBA All-Star with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Silver Stars.
When Popovich was sent off from a match against the Portland Trail Blazers last November, Hamon and the rest of Tottenham’s staff took his place during his absence. After the match, Popovich said that assistant Tim Duncan eventually assumed the main coaching responsibilities to end the match.
Duncan stepped down from his full-time coaching role with Tottenham during the off-season period.
Hamon, 43, has been selected as a returning candidate to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2021 category. Popovich was asked about Hamon’s credentials before the match on Wednesday.
“Obviously, I think a lot of her abilities were after she hired her. It all started when I saw her play,” Popovic said. “She was a captain, everyone in the team reacted to her, she was very confident, very competitive and she led the whole show. And when I got to know her, she was in our coaches meetings before her hiring, while she was just getting hurt after the season, we discovered her talent for the game, her innate understanding. Why wins, what loses, and what needs to be in place to create a program. So, you’ve got all the tools needed to be a coach in our league. “