Becky Hammon Will Coach Spurs Summer League Team

By David Kenyon

This is progress.

According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, former WNBA star turned San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will coach a Summer League team for the organization.

The Spurs have previously offered its newest coaches a chance at the helm during the summer months, so it’s excellent to see the franchise didn’t stray from its history despite Hammon being—gasp!—a woman. Fellow assistant coach Ime Udoka oversaw a team last summer.

Last year, Natalie Nakase became the NBA’s first-ever female assistant coach. The Los Angeles Clippers added her to the bench for Summer League. When San Antonio hired Hammon in August 2014, she became the first full-time, paid female assistant coach in NBA history.

Hammon won’t receive an NBA head-coaching offer immediately following her time leading the squad in Las Vegas, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

Most importantly, Hammon has a chance to prove she’s deserving of more time on the bench and perhaps a couple more promotions in the future.

It’s clear she can coach. It’s awesome to see San Antonio affording Hammon the opportunity to shine.

We should all hope she does.

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