Becky Hammon Becomes First Woman to Serve as Acting NBA Head Coach
Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon made history Wednesday night, becoming the first female to serve as an acting NBA head coach in San Antonio’s game against the 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” said Hammon.
Head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter after arguing a call with the refs. Hammon stepped in with 3:56 left in the first half. The Lakers went on to win the game 121-107.
“Obviously it’s a big deal. It’s a substantial moment,” Hammon said to reporters. “I’ve been a part of this organization. I got traded here in 2007 (when in the WNBA), so I’ve been in San Antonio and part of the Spurs and sports organization 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.”