In the second quarter of the Spurs’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Harmon led with a score of 3:56. The Lakers continued to win the game 121-107.
Harmon told reporters: “Obviously, this is important. This is an important moment.” “I have always been part of this organization. I traded here in 2007 (when I was playing in the WNBA), so I went to San Antonio, And is a member of the Spurs and sports organization, has owned the Avenue of Stars and everything for 13 years. So I spent a lot of time, they also spent a lot of time to build me and make me better.
“Honestly, at the moment, I just want to win the game. I say a lot, but I try not to think about its broad prospects and appearance, because it may overwhelm everything. It̵
“I really don’t have time to reflect. I haven’t seen my phone, so I don’t know what happened outside the AT&T Center tonight.”
Harmon said that she did not walk into the arena, thinking that she would be appointed as the head coach, “but this is where things are going, and you will follow,” she said. “I want a different result. In general, I hope that winning tonight is more important than anything else.”
In official statistics, Popovich will be hailed as the head coach, but this is a historic moment. As for how Harmon discovered that she would succeed Popovich? She said: “He officially pointed at me.” “That’s it. He said,’You got it.'”
Hammon is the six-time WNBA All-Star player in her 16-year playing career. When she was hired by the Spurs in 2014, she was the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. She previously served as the head coach of the Spurs in the summer league, held in the offseason.
Hammon was once again nominated for the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Before Wednesday’s game, Popovich was asked about this and his views on Harmon’s playing time and coaching career.
Popovich said: “Obviously, I think she has a strong ability to hire her. All of this started when I watched her game.
“She is a leader, everyone on the team responded to her, she was very confident, very competitive, and she led the show. When I met her and she joined us before being hired During the coaching meeting, she experienced a season of injuries. We discovered her knack for the game. She has a natural understanding of what is to win, what is to lose, and what must be possessed.
“So, she has the necessary tools to become our league coach.”
Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray said after the game: “Her future is bright. I hope she just persists and will not give up. One day it may happen, it may not happen, who knows , But she will definitely continue on the right path. I think everyone here appreciates her. She has set an example for every woman there.”