Becky Hammon made history on Wednesday, becoming the first girl to function as a head trainer within an NBA regular-season match.
“It is a huge deal, a significant second,” Hammon said following the match. “I have been part of the business. I have traded here in 2007, so I have been at San Antonio and a part of the Spurs and athletics business with the Stars and that which for 13 decades. So I’ve got a great deal of time spent, and they have a great deal of time spent in me in building me and getting me “
Hammon is currently in her seventh year about the Spurs’ coaching team and has been a six-time All-Star at the WNBA with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Silver Stars.
Following the match, nevertheless, Popovich said that helper Tim Duncan finally supposed the head-coaching responsibilities to finish out the match against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Duncan resigned from a full-time training job with the Spurs during the offseason.
Hammon, 43, was called a returning nominee to go into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the Class of 2021. Popovich was requested regarding Hammon’s credentials before the Lakers game.
“I believe very much of her skills hired her. That all started when I watched her play,” Popovich said. “She had been a pioneer, everyone on the team responded to her, and she had been quite confident, very aggressive and she headed the entire show. When I got to know her and she had been in our trainer’s meetings until she was hired, while she had been hurt following this season, we discovered about her motto for the game, her inherent comprehension of exactly what wins, and what loses, and what must be there to earn a schedule. So she has all the tools needed for a hell of a coach in our team.”