The New Year means its time for a fresh change. The San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammon is doing just that, as she makes strides for women in sports through her candidate consideration to be for the first-ever female head coach NBA history.
Former head coach Bryon Scott is behind Hammon as a head coach candidate and has gone on the record supporting her in a recent video captured by TMZ Sports.
Hammon is renowned throughout the hoops world. With 16 seasons under her belt suiting up in the WNBA for both the New York Liberty and the San Antonio Stars, she knows the ropes around the court. During her playing career, she was a six-time WNBA All-Star, had her number retired by the San Antonio Stars, was named one of the WNBA's top 15 players of all time in 2011, and has rightfully earned much respect in the professional basketball realm.
Even Gregg Popovich, head coach of the Spurs, has praised her strong coaching talents, possibly setting her up for success as a future head coaching position.
“She talks the game, she understands the game,” expressed Popovich in a previous interview on his assistant. “So in that respect I have no doubts that she’ll be able to be one heck of a coach.”
Through all of this, Hammon is simply happy to be in the spot that she is now. She does not see a gap in her experience as a woman that would hinder her ability to coach men, especially with the experience she has gained since being hired as their assistant coach in 2014.
"A pick-and-roll in the men's game is the same as a pick-and-roll in the women's game," Hammons explained.
Time will tell in the New Year if this powerhouse woman can take the next step to be a Head Coach in the biggest pro basketball league in the entire world.