Breaking Down Barriers: Spurs Hire Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon

The San Antonio Spurs are the epitome of a first class organization. They do the right thing every time. They use every resource available to them. There is no black and white with the Spurs just gray. Their General Manager R.C. Buford is not afraid of taking risks, evident in the team’s NBA leading ten international players. The Spurs yet again took a step forward by hiring soon to be former WNBA player Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.

We have seen males coach in women’s basketball, but never vice versa. Great coaching minds like C. Vivian Stringer and Pat Summit have never coached in the men’s leagues despite their overwhelming qualifications. Now Hammon can hopefully open the door for future Stringers and Summits to coach not just women’s basketball, but men’s basketball.

Hammon is the second woman to coach on a NBA staff according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, stating that Lisa Boyer was first woman assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2000. Hammon is currently playing her last season in the WNBA for the San Antonio Stars. She is seventh all time in WNBA history for points, fourth in assists and sixth in games played.

Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich is excited about the arrival of Hammon, giving her high praise and comparing her to former players and coaches Avery Johnson, Steve Kerr and Mike Budenholzer. If Hammon can live up to Popovich’s praise then the Spurs have yet again swooped in and caught a diamond in the rough.