Becky Hammon on landing a head-coach position in the NBA: ‘I want to make news because I’m hired for my qualifications’
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Becky Hammon on landing a head-coach position in the NBA: ‘I want to make news because I’m hired for my qualifications’

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is in search of a head coaching position and recently spoke about her current status about the future engagement she will have in the league. In recent years, there were many talks around the NBA about the need to hire more female coaches, and Becky Hammon already made history by becoming the first female assistant coach in the NBA.

According to Sidelinesources, Hammon is aware of the competitiveness of the business she is in and understands that it will take some time before she lands a head coaching position. Hammon made it clear she doesn’t want to be hired because she is a woman but instead because the team recognizes her as a good fit and someone that can add value to the team.

“This is the business, and it’s a very competitive business. But, at the end of the day, throw everything out the window — if you want to hire me, you’ll find a reason to hire me. And if you don’t want to hire me, you’ll find that reason, too. And that’s just that… I don’t want to make the news because I’m the first female. At the end of the day, I want to make news because I’m hired for my qualifications.”

Becky Hammon, via cnbc.com

There were some talks around the NBA about Hammon potentially being the frontrunner candidate for the Blazers head coaching position. However, Blazers GM Neil Olshey decided to take Chauncey Billups instead, which doesn’t leave many options for Hammon to land a position before the start of the new season. There are remaining positions with the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans, so there are still slim chances some of those teams might consider Hammon for their coaching position.

Before she became the Spurs assistant coach, Hammon had a successful 16-year-long career in the WNBA. She played for New York Liberty and San Antonio Silver Stars during her career, ultimately earning six all-star selections. In her last notable season in 2011, she averaged 15.9 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the field.

After retiring from WNBA in 2014, Hammon started her coaching career with the San Antonio Spurs and became the first female coaching assistant in NBA history. She soon led the Spurs Summer League team to a championship, established herself as a legitimate expert, and gained respect around the league as someone with the knowledge and expertise to lead a team.

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