The San Antonio Spurs continue to make history.
After coming off the franchise’s fifth NBA Championship victory a couple months ago, the Spurs went out and hired the NBA’s first female assistance coach, Becky Hammon, on Tuesday.
Hammon played in the WNBA for 16 years and played on the Russian Olympic basketball team during the 2008 and 2012 games.
Here is Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s remarks via the official Spurs press release:
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced.
Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games played (445). She spent nine years of her WNBA career with the New York Liberty before being traded in 2007 to the San Antonio Silver Stars.