San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon spoke on her candidacy for a head coaching job of an NBA team on Sunday afternoon. She stated that her interest has most to do with a team seeing what qualifies her.
“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
Hammon emerged as a finalist for the vacant job with The Portland Trail Blazers. However, despite the glowing reviews she received from team GM Neil Olshey, Chauncey Billups landed the job. Other vacancies remain available in Washington and New Orleans.
Becky Hammon’s pro career
Before joining the Spurs coaching staff, Becky Hammon enjoyed a 16-year career in the WNBA. She split her time with the New York Liberty and the San Antonio Silver Stars. In her near two-decade run, Hammon earned six all-star selections. Her last coming in 2011, where she averaged 15.9 points and 5.8 assists on 44 percent shooting.
She immediately joined the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff following her retirement from play in 2014. An eventful year in San Antonio, they won the NBA title, and with this union, became the first team to hire a female coaching assistant in league history. Within a year, Hammon led the Spurs Summer League team to championship glory. Since then, she has garnered interest from teams across the NBA to assume the head coaching role.
Though she has yet to land that job with a team, it seems like that’ll soon change. If Neil Olshey’s words ring true, Hammon already has the necessary qualifications. It merely depends on which team will give her a shot first.