Although 2020 is coming to an end, it is still a milestone in the sports world. On Wednesday night, for the first time, there was a female head coach in an NBA game.
When Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was expelled after arguing with the referee in the second quarter of a game with the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, he turned to assistant Becky Harmon and said she should take over the team.
“He officially pointed at me,” Harmon said. “That’s it. Say, “You have them. “Obviously, this is important. This is an important moment.”
She added: “Business as usual.” “They are used to hearing my voice in practice. Actually, Pop will divide us into two teams, each of us has a team. Therefore, they are a little used to listening to me Listen to me outside that I am drawing on the chessboard.
Although the milestone in the game is not significant, the Lakers won the milestone 121-107, but the subsequent reaction was obvious.
LeBron James of the Lakers said: “It’s just a beautiful thing to hear her shouting, shouting.” “She is passionate about the game. So congratulations to her and congratulations to us.”
Hammon, 43, drafted from Colorado State University, but played in the WNBA for 16 years, when she was selected to the All-Star six times. After being eliminated by the US Olympic team, she represented Russia in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, where she also worked professionally.
On the way home from the 2012 London Olympics, Harmon’s companion was Popovich. She recalled how he asked her: “So, if you were my assistant and I asked you something, would you tell me the truth?”
She replied: “I don’t know why you want to ask if you don’t want me to tell the truth.” He replied: “Well, I don’t want a bunch of yes.”
In 2013, Hammon tore the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee, abruptly ending the WNBA season. During her recovery, she worked as a coaching trainee for the Spurs. In 2014, Popovich hired her as the first full-time female assistant coach in the league.
At that time, she said to Popovich: “To be honest, I don’t think he gave me two cents for a woman. And I don’t want to be hired because I am a woman.” She served as the Spurs in Las Vegas three times. The head coach of the summer league team and won the championship in 2015.
There are other milestones for women’s participation in sports this year.
In November, when Sarah Fuller of Vanderbilt played on the team, she became the first woman to participate in the regular season game and score points in the Power 5 conference of college football. After Jin Wu was appointed general manager of the Miami Marlins, she became the first woman hired to run the major league baseball team. In an exhibition game in July, Alyssa Nakken of the San Francisco Giants became the first woman in the major leagues to coach on the court.
Harmon’s pioneering performance in the league has prompted speculation that she will one day become a head coach, and it is reported that she has been a candidate for several top positions in the past, most recently the Indiana Pacers.
“For her, the future is bright.” Spurs’ Dejounte Murray said after the game. “I hope she will just stick to it and don’t give up. One day, it may or may not happen, who knows, but she is definitely on the right path.”
Hammon tried to focus on his duties.
She said: “I’m just with these people.” “Trying to figure out what is the best way to help them.”