ORLANDO, FL – JULY 23: Assistant coach Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs talks with her team in the huddle during the game on July 23, 2020 at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Becky Hammon wrote history as the first woman to serve as a head coach in an NBA regular season game, as Gregg Popovich got ejected in the second quarter of the Lakers-Spurs matchup Wednesday.
Hammon, a Spurs’ assistant since 2014 and a WNBA legend, shared her thoughts on the situation of becoming the first acting female head coach in the history of the NBA and her disappointment on not getting the win.
(via Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express)
“I try not to look at the huge picture of it, because that can get overwhelming,” Hammon said. “It’s my job to go in there and be focused for those guys and make sure I’m doing the things that will help us win.”
“I would have loved to have walked out of there with a win for the guys,” Hammon continued. The Spurs could not stop the streaking LA Lakers, who secured their third win in the last five games.
A three-time All-American at Colorado State, Hammon played for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars in the WNBA as well as overseas before retiring to join Popovich’s staff in 2014.
She was the first woman to be hired as a full-time assistant coach in the history of the NBA.
Becky Hammon became an inadvertent history-maker again Wednesday. She left the AT&T Center after the Spurs’ 121-107 loss to the defending NBA champions with one regret.
“I would have loved to have walked out of there with a win with the guys.”https://t.co/ArVoktqzrw
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) December 31, 2020