The San Antonio Spurs, a team that seems to reinvent being excellent, hot off the heels of a fifth championship, just hired former WNBA player Becky Hammon to be an assistant coach.
Spurs hire WNBA's Becky Hammon as NBA's first female assistant coach -- http://t.co/0uDyTuVlZe— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 5, 2014
San Antonio @spurs hire Becky Hammon as first female NBA assistant coach http://t.co/aS1HWTHTJ6 pic.twitter.com/y3Vl51PlqG— SI Wire (@SI_Wire) August 5, 2014
New Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is, of course, a year younger than Tim Duncan. pic.twitter.com/HHLUROI7UR— Triangle Offense (@Tri_Offense) August 5, 2014
THIS IS AWESOME. Congrats @BeckyHammon!— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) August 5, 2014
@sethpo She's been a trusted member of the broader organization for a while. Not only has Pop's trust, but that of the players as well.— Graydon Gordian (@therealgraydon) August 5, 2014
@sethpo @therealgraydon Hammon's been with the team in a sort of intern role for the last couple of years, most prominently last year.— Matthew R Tynan (@Matthew_Tynan) August 5, 2014
The 37 year old former Olympian point guard has played all over the world, and with both the New York and San Antonio franchises in the WNBA. I think that it is cool that the Spurs hired her to be part of their coaching staff. NOT because she is a woman though (the Spurs aren't doing something trendy by hiring a woman, heck, the Jazz franchise drafted a woman years ago). But because they are never standing still.
Not even after winning another title they continue to add pieces to make their team better.
That is what you really have to admire.
While, well, the Jazz are trying to be mini-Spurs with the small moves they are making. I'm fine with that too. I'd be more fine if Nicole Hernandez replaced Steve Brown on the telecasts too. But I guess that's also because I don't like the Jazz to stand still.
Congrats Coach Hammon, and congrats to the San Antonio Spurs.
I hope the Jazz follow your model of not standing still.