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Hammon breaks NBA coaching barriers
By Bi Yu 7/17/15

In the NBA summer league many young men pursue their dreams to play in the NBA.  This week in Las Vegas there is a woman pursuing her dreams to become an NBA head coach.  San Antonio Spurs Coach Becky Hammon is the first woman head coach in the history of the NBA Summer League.

Beck Hammon 16 year WNBA playerHammon knows what it takes to defy the odds as she was a 6-time WNBA All-Star after going undrafted out of Colorado State. After playing 16 years in the WNBA, she knows the game at the highest level and has impressed Spurs regular season head coach Gregg Popovich with her knowledge and leadership.

"I actually didn't think it was going to be as big a deal as it turned out being," Hammon told The Los Angeles Times. "To me, it was just a great opportunity, a great responsibility, and just a great gesture of trust with Pop [Gregg Popovich] that he would put me in charge of helping develop our guys, helping get our system in place, and just giving me that experience."

Growing up in South Dakota she was a high school phenom.  As a 5’7” point guard Hammon led Colorado State to three NCAA tournament bids.  Even though she went undrafted she worked her way onto the New York Liberty in 1999 and played 8 seasons in New York and another 8 seasons with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Hammon Spurs Summer League Haed CoachNow she is on the Spurs bench and guiding these young players on how to play the game correctly so that they can stick in the NBA.  Hammon started with the Spurs as an unpaid assistant coach after suffering a knee injury in the 2013 season.  She came back to play one last WNBA season in 2014 and once that ended she became the first woman assistant coach in the NBA.

"I want to go and do my job and I want to do it well," she said. "Because the guys are working really hard for me and trying to do the right thing and play the right way. That's a lot to ask a group of young guys who are all out trying to get contracts for themselves."

The Spurs lost their first summer league game against the New York Knicks, which was disheartening for Hammon.  However after a night of unrest, she showed resolve leading the Spurs to 2 wins before the bracket play started today.  With her acumen and professionalism, don’t be surprised seeing her as the first female head coach in the NBA.  She is opening doors for females in a predominantly male league and proving that women not only belong, but they can accel, even with the odds stacked against them.

"I just think it's important for society that women be rewarded for their brains just as much as any guy," Hammon said. "To me, it's always about the bigger picture. We want to make sure that if your wife or your daughter goes in for a job interview, she goes in with the same opportunity that a guy gets."


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