Leave it to the learned Pau Gasol to place an exclamation point between the ellipses.
Gasol, long known as one of the NBA's cerebral figures, authored an eloquent essay posted on The Players' Tribune on Friday morning Becky Hammon's head coaching nominee
Spurs co-trainer wrote 2014 story when Gregg Popovich hired her for his staff, and again in 2015, when she led the franchise's NBA Summer League team to the Las Vegas title. Hammon is ready to interview the Bucks for the head coaching vacancy, the same franchise she interviewed last summer for her vacant General Manager position.
Hammon is in both cases the first female candidate to be considered for such positions. 1
Gasol, from 2014 to Playing for the Bulls in 2016, before signing on the Spurs, downplayed both the Hammon candidacy and the progressive nature. He downplayed her in the sense that her mind and her mind made her a natural candidate. He celebrated it in the sense that it is another example of the forward thinking and integrative nature of the NBA.
"It's this beautiful thing, you know, that the NBA will reflect the larger world," Gasol wrote. And I think every time you can broaden your horizons to something new and meaningful … it can only make you a better person.
"That's why I am also so encouraged that this league takes on leadership in so many important things. I see it when we come across something as urgent as Black Lives Matter … I see it when people like DeMar (DeRozan) and Kevin (Love) are open and vocal about emotional well-being … I see it as Adam Silver Our commissioner marches in a LGBTQ Pride parade … I see it when MVPs like Steph (Curry) and LeBron (James) show the world that nobody is too famous to step in with their platform for what they believe … and of course I see it when a franchise like the Bucks is ready, a candidate who – male or female – deserves to give an interview for their head coaching job. "
Gasol, who also alluded to the first European's Suns employment of head coach-born in Igor Kokoskov, then urged the league not to be satisfied and to grow further, using his personal experience, from a mother, to a doctor […] The history of the NBA indicates that it will continue to grow, the first league in which female officials perform has several minorities in training and executive and league management positions.
During a group interview in Las Vegas in 2015, when the spurs were playing shortly before the Bulls, Popovich seemed to distill Hammons coaching strikes into the most basic and elemental form.19659002] "They are women instead of men, but it's the same game, "said Popovich." Becky knows what to do in a pick-and-roll just like Tony Parker, so think I'm not that it's unique at all. "
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