Becky Hammon made history on Wednesday, becoming the first woman to serve as a head coach in the NBA regular season.
After the Spurs were ejected in the first half of the 121-107 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio assistant coach filled the absence of head coach Grieg Popovich.
Harmon said after the game: “Obviously, this is very important, this is an important moment.” “I have always been part of this organization. I traded here in 2007, so I’ve been to San Antonio and I’m a Spurs and sports team. As a member of the organization, I have owned the Avenue of Stars and everything for 13 years. So, I have a lot of time to invest, and they spent a lot of time on me to build me and make me better.”
Popovich fouled technically and was eliminated with 3:56 left in the second quarter because he was arguing with the referees and his team trailed the Lakers 52-41.
Hammon spent his seventh season in the coaching team of the Spurs (M Spurs) and was selected six times in the WNBA in New York with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Silver Stars. All-Star.
Last November, Popovich was expelled for a game with the Portland Trail Blazers, while Harmon and other members of the Spurs were filled during his absence. However, after the game, Popovich said that assistant Tim Duncan finally assumed the responsibility of the head coach who completed the game.
During the offseason, Duncan retired from his full-time coaching position for the Spurs.
Hammon, 43, was nominated as the return nominee for the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Popovich was asked about Harmon’s qualifications before Wednesday’s game.
Popovich said: “Obviously, I think she’s very capable of hiring her. It all started when I watched her game. “She is a leader and everyone on the team responded to her. , She was very confident, very competitive, and she led the whole show. When I met her and she participated in our coaching meeting before being hired, when she was injured after the season, we discovered her game knack, a natural understanding of success, failure, and procedures that must be done, so , She has all the necessary tools. The coach of our league. “