World News – USA – Becky Hammon becomes the first woman to act as head coach during a regular NBA season game


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Becky Hammon has been working towards becoming the NBA head coach for the past several years, and she achieved that goal on Wednesday. . . if only for a short time. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was kicked out in the second quarter of his game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and Hammon took over the role of the team’s deputy head coach. This makes her the first woman to act as head coach during a regular NBA game.

Hammon, a WNBA legend, has been an assistant to the Spurs since 2014. She has since prevailed to serve as head coach for the Spurs in various capacities ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Lakers. She ran the organization’s Summer League team, and when the Spurs switched head coaches during the bouts prior to the restart of the NBA in Orlando last season, she coached the team in an exhibition game against the Milwaukee Bucks. But when Popovich didn’t have to be on the team last season for personal reasons, it was team legend and then assistant coach Tim Duncan who stepped into Popovich’s chair as head coach.

However, Duncan resigned after last season, paving the way for Hammon to deserve this award now. While the distinction only applies to Wednesday’s game, it will almost certainly get a lasting chance down the line. Many believe Hammon is the heir to San Antonio and will take over the Spurs when Popovich retires. If not, she has interviewed for head coaching jobs at the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers. After all, she’ll likely be a full-time NBA head coach.

But Wednesday’s matchup with the Lakers was her first chance in a game that counted, and while beating the defending champions was hardly a realistic goal, she has found herself in the role she could one day take on permanently , well beaten.

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