Here's some exciting news for sports fans: Time is reporting that the San Antonio Spurs have hired Becky Hammon as the team's new assistant coach, making her the first woman to hold a coaching position in the NBA during the regular season.
Hammon—who's a six-time all-star player—has spent the last 13 seasons with the WNBA and the past eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars, announced her retirement from the WNBA in July, and is only the second woman ever to hold any kind of coaching position within the NBA. (Natalie Nakase made history earlier this summer when she was announced as the assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers' summer season.)
When asked about the probability of a woman being hired, Spurs head coach Greg Popovich told the press at an earlier date that he didn't see why a woman couldn't coach male players. "There shouldn’t be any limitations," he said. "It’s about talent and the ability to do things. It’s not about what your sex is or your race or anything else.”
We agree and are excited to see what Hammon does for the team moving forward. Between this and the recent news that Andy Murray recently hired a female coach, we're glad to see this may be becoming a new trend.
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