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San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon become first woman to control an NBA team in LA Lakers match


#San #Antonio #Spurs assistant coach #Becky #Hammon has made history by becoming the first woman to take charge of an NBA team when she took over after head coach #Gregg #Popovich was ejected.

#Popovich received two technical fouls with 3:56 left in the second quarter of the #Spurs’ eventual 121-107 defeat to the visiting #Los #Angeles #Lakers.

“I did not walk into the arena thinking I would be coaching tonight, but that’s the way things go and you roll with it, and I would have liked a different outcome,” #Hammon said.

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“#Overall, I would have loved to get a win tonight more than anything.”

#Hammon did not know she would be put in charge if #Popovich were to be ejected from a game.

“#He officially pointed at me,” #Hammon said. “#That was it. #He said, ‘#You got ’em.’ #That was it. #Very #Pop-like.”

#Becky #Hammon says she was happy to make history, but would have liked a different outcome.(#Reuters: #Scott #Wachter/USA #Today #Sports)

#San #Antonio trailed by 11 points at the time #Popovich was tossed.

“#We all group together, [assistant coaches] #Will #Hardy, #Mitch #Johnson, ‘#What can we do to help?’,” #Hammon said.

“#It was all about what can we do to help win. … #It was a great team effort, and they are in my ear giving me suggestions and helping with substitutions and whatnot. #When #Pop gets tossed, we all come together and become kind of another team.”

#Hammon, 43, has been an assistant coach for the #Spurs since #August 2014, the first woman to be paid for that job in an official, full-time capacity.

#She had a 16-year playing career in the WNBA, 1999-2006 with the #New #York #Liberty and 2007-14 with the #San #Antonio #Stars, the latter team owned by the #Spurs.

“#Obviously, it’s a big deal, a substantial moment,” #Hammon said of leading the #Spurs.

“I’ve been a part of this organisation. I got traded here in 2007, so I’ve been in #San #Antonio and part of the #Spurs … organisation with the #Stars and everything for 13 years. #So, I have a lot of time invested, and they have a lot of time invested in me in building me and getting me better.”

#Reuters



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