This Video Proves Becky Hammon Is Going To Be An NBA Head Coach Very Soon
Last August, six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history with the San Antonio Spurs.
Just before that, the 39-year-old became the first female head coach in the NBA Summer League, where she led the Spurs to a Las Vegas Summer League title.
Now, she's learning under one of the greatest NBA coaches in the history of the game, Gregg Popovich, and teaching him a thing or two along the way as well.
As you can see in the video above, Hammon not only has the approval of the five-time NBA champion coach, but she also commands respect from the players and other coaches she works with on a daily basis.
In the video, Hammon says,
I'm not here unless coach Pop kinda sees me genderless. He sees me as a person that knows basketball... He didn't care that I was a woman, what he cared about was, can I help the team and will I do a good job... I do believe leadership knows no gender. Traditionally, we have been taught to believe that leaders are only men. And I think that's why it's important that little boys and little girls see women as strong and capable.
Speaking on his coaching protégé, Popovich says,
She talks the game. She understands the game. In that respect, I have no doubts she's gonna be able to be one heck of a coach.
It's pretty clear the San Antonio Spurs organization doesn't view Hammon as a male or female coach, just a great basketball mind its honored to work with. This video is proof it's only a matter of time before she's given the keys to an NBA head coaching position.
Would anyone be shocked to see Hammon take up Pop's seat in San Antonio in the near future?