San Antonio (Associated Press)-After becoming the first woman to coach an NBA team, Becky Hammon would rather beat history.
The assistant coach took over the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter after coach Gregg Popovich lost to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 121-107 on Wednesday night.
Harmon said: “I try not to think about its broad prospects and huge appearance, because it may feel overwhelming.” “I really don’t have time to reflect. I don’t have time to look at the phone. Therefore, I don̵
Harmon and the Spurs have had many mysteries in the game against the defending champion Lakers.
James celebrated his 36th birthday with 26 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in the Lakers’ third double-digit victory. The two teams will complete two games on Friday night.
Harmon said: “(I was) trying to put these guys in the right place.” “Trying to motivate them. Obviously, this is a learning situation for all of us, but I would love to be with them. Win the victory.
Popovich was expelled by the official Tony Brown, with 3:56 left in the second quarter. Popovich yelled at Brown and entered the court. He hadn’t called for DeMar DeRozan’s layup attempt and the subsequent Drew Eubanks Nets’ attempt to rebound.
When he appeared in court, to the applause of several family members present, Popovich pointed to Harmon and delivered a concise message.
“You got them,” Harmon said. “See? His treatment of us is no different from your treatment of us.”
LeBron James said: “Obviously, in the past few years, she has been paying her dues, and Coach Pope gave her the opportunity. … to hear her yelling, dialing, this is a beautiful thing. Thing. She is very passionate about the game. Congratulations to her and congratulations to our league.”
During the timeout, Hammon took over the crowding of the team and walked to the sidelines after Popovich retired. Harmon is the first full-time female assistant coach in league history.
“Well deserved,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “I talked to her before, she really knows her own things, obviously she is here for a reason. Her well-equipped, smart (and) guys respect her very much. She will one day become an outstanding Coach.”
Harmon is a three-time national player at Colorado State University. He played for the New York Statue of Liberty and San Antonio Stars in the WNBA and overseas before retiring to Popovich in 2014.
DeRozan said: “Even if Pop is overtime as the head coach, her footsteps are fast.” “She told us about the defensive mission and the offensive tactics we should run. Seeing her at the forefront, she won the championship. It’s a cool thing.”
The Lakers contributed to Popovich’s frustration. After the veteran coach left, the Spurs’ fortunes did not improve.
Dennis Schroeder had 21 points and Anthony Davis had 20 points and 8 rebounds. Wesley Matthews shot 6-6 from three-pointers and scored 18 points off the bench.
The Spurs started with a 9-2 record, including Keldon Johnson’s indisputable passing of the two Grand Slams. The Lakers responded with an 11-0 score, which prompted Popovich to suspend the game.
The Lakers led their first double digits 35-25 on Kyle Kuzma’s three-pointer, with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Dejounte Murray had a career-high 29 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds.
Murray said: “In the final analysis, it doesn’t mean anything, we lost.”
DeRozan added 23 goals for the Spurs, who lost their second straight game after winning two consecutive victories this season.
Lakers: PG Alex Caruso missed the game due to the “health and safety protocol” stipulated by the league. Lakers coach Frank Vogel did not elaborate on Caruso’s status. … James was listed as suspicious after spraining his left ankle in the Lakers’ 115-107 loss to Portland on Monday. After James scored 29 points in 36 minutes against the Trail Blazers, he played 35 minutes against the Spurs.
Spurs: Popovich said the Spurs will monitor Aldridge’s knee pain every day. …Tim Duncan took over from last season and Popovich was expelled from Portland on November 16, 2019.