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Becky HammonIf there is one thing WNBA legend Becky Hammon knows, its the game of basketball. Throughout her 16 year WNBA career she proved to be not only a great player, but also a great leader. A six-time WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA First Team selection, and two-time WNBA Second Team selection, Hammon is truly one of the best players in the history of the women’s game.

But there is one more thing that Becky Hammon knows, which is that knowledge of the game is not unique to just women or just men, it is universal and when you know the game, you know the game. This is something that the San Antonio Spurs know as well, and on August 5, 2014 they made history by making Becky Hammon the first ever salaried full-time assistant coach in NBA history.

Having played for the San Antonio Stars the last 8 seasons Hammon became very familiar with the Spurs front office personnel, coaching staff, and players. In fact, while she was recovering from an injury in 2013 she attended Spurs’ practices, coaches’ meetings, and games, where she was frequently invited to contribute opinions. Her contributions during this time impressed Spurs head coach Greg Popovich, and led him to confidently believe that Hammon would be an asset to the franchise.

“Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball I.Q., work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs,” said Popovich.

Hammon follows in the footsteps of Lisa Boyer, who worked part-time as a volunteer assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2001-02 NBA season. Despite the fact that she is the only female coach in an all male league, she looks forward to the challenges and responsibilities that come with this fact and is not shying away from them.

“It’s a tremendous challenge, and it comes with tremendous responsibility,” Hammon said. “There have been so many other women that are doing really, really great things, and I’m just kind of following their paths.”

It’s no surprise to many that the Spurs were the first to hire a female coach, as they are known for their outside-the-box thinking when it comes to their basketball operations. However, perhaps their historic hiring of Becky Hammon will allow other NBA franchises think outside-the-box as well, and maybe one day we will get to the point where we don’t look at the hiring of a clearly qualified candidate to coach at the NBA level as outside-the-box thinking.

Look for Becky Hammon on the Spurs bench this fall as the Spurs begin their march to defend their 2014 NBA Title.

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