San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon made history at the NBA bubble in Florida. During that run, she took over for Gregg Popovich to coach one game, giving her some more experience. It also made her the first female to coach an NBA game. However, she now has a shot at making history on a much bigger stage. Based on reports, Hammon is amongst the candidates who are expected to participate in an interview to fill a head coaching vacancy.
Spurs Assistant Becky Hammon to Have Virtual Interview
ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that sources informed ESPN that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is set to participate in a virtual interview for the Indiana Pacers head coaching position. That job was vacated when Indiana dismissed their head coach Nate McMillan after four years.
The Pacers had a first-round exit from the playoffs at the NBA bubble in Orlando. However, they reached the postseason in each of McMillan’s four seasons at the helm.
Per Woj’s report, Becky Hammon is one of “more than a dozen candidates” who will be part of the first round of virtual interviews. Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger was also mentioned amongst prominent coaches from the league who will interview for the position. In addition, Woj mentioned former Detroit Pistons NBA champ, Chauncey Billups, among candidates.
One of the other coaches’ names brought up in Woj’s article is also Spurs assistant coach Will Hardy. Along with Hammon and Tim Duncan, Hardy has been a member of the San Antonio Spurs’ staff for 10 seasons, with this past season his fourth as an assistant coach. He’s previously been part of the Team USA at 2019 FIBA World Cup coaching staff and has coached the Spurs Las Vegas Summer League team for several years.
Becky Hammon Brings Vast Basketball Experience
Prior to ever becoming an assistant coach, Hammon spent years playing basketball. In college, she played for Colorado State from 1995 to 1999 before becoming a star with the WNBA’s New York Liberty in 1999. After seven years there, she’d take her skills to the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars in 2007 through 2014. Hammon also played for a number of international teams during her career. She ultimately retired as a player in 2014.
During her career, she racked up six All-Star appearances and had two All-WNBA First Team selections. The WNBA named her one of the league’s Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011. In 2016, she also was listed among the WNBA’s Top [email protected] players. Becky has since had her jersey retired by the Silver Stars and became the sixth player inducted into the New York Liberty’s Ring of Honor.
She joined the Spurs coaching staff in 2014. In 2015, the 43-year-old Hammon coached the Spurs team to the Las Vegas Summer League title. In 2016, she was the first woman as part of an NBA All-Star Team’s coaching staff. This past year, Hammon coached San Antonio during their scrimmage game, a 113-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hammon will be more than qualified to take over the Indiana Pacers job, so it should be interesting to see which way the franchise goes with their hiring. Even if they opt not to hire Becky Hammon, it seems only a matter of time before a college or NBA team brings her on as head coach. Visit our Spurs page for more of the latest team and personnel news.