Spurs hire first paid female assistant coach in the NBA

WNBA veteran and six-time all star Becky Hammon is on a more modest retirement tour as she wraps up a professional basketball career that began in 1999. 

"I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.” Pop announced via press release. 

Hammon played for the New York Liberty and  has suited up for the San Antonio Stars since 2007. 

Lisa Boyle became the NBA’s first female assistant coach, on a voluntary basis, in John Lucas’ 2001 Cavaliers staff. 


People who claim they don’t watch the WNBA because it’s not good basketball do not know what they are talking about. Maybe it’s true that the women don’t play above the rim much, but if the San Antonio Spurs taught you anything as they dismantled the Heat (on the court and quite possibly, as a team—we’ll see what free agency brings), it’s that great fundamental basketball with screens, cuts, and precision passing can be incredibly exciting. Someone you should watch? Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream. She was straight beastmode playing for the University of Louisville, and those skills have translated nicely to the WNBA.  Upon joining the Atlanta Dream, McCoughtry soon made a name for herself as an outstanding scorer with excellent penetration and a penchant for drawing the foul. After grabbing Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, she went on to finish third and second in points per game for 2010 and 2011 respectively. She also led the league in free throw attempts twice. On September 8, 2010, McCoughtry set an WNBA playoff record with 42 points in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Liberty. In Game 1 of the 2011 WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx, she set Finals records for most points in a quarter (19) and most points in a game (38).  I know she missed a dunk that one time…but I wouldn’t bet against her. At 6’1” and 160 pounds, she has a body built to fly.


Glory Johnson of the WNBA dunks and she’s only 6’3!!



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