When Becky Hammon joined the San Antonio Spurs, she made history as the first female assistant coach in the NBA. That may go one step further.
In 2015, the San Antonio Spurs hired former WBNA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, becoming the first female to hold this position in the NBA. She then led the Spurs in the NBA Summer League, along with winning the title, in 2015, and even was part of the coaching staff for the Western Conference at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
Well, Hammon could make more history. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, she will interview for the Milwaukee Bucks’ vacant General Manager job. The Bucks will also speak with Portland Trail Blazers assistant GM Bill Branch, Miami Heat assistant GM Adam Simon and Detroit Pistons assistant GM Pat Garrity. Candidates will begin to be interviewed on Monday. These are among other candidates the team has reached out to speak to.
Hammon has no experience in the front office. However, as Wojnarowski notes, she has worked closely with Greg Popovich on the bench, who’s also an executive for the Spurs. It would be a history-making move by the Bucks if they hire Hammon, who just lost GM John Hammond to the Orlando Magic.
Prior to coaching with San Antonio, Hammon played 16 seasons in the WBNA; the first eight were with the New York Liberty, before moving to the San Antonio Stars in 2007 and finishing her career there in 2014. So she would not only bring her experience with Popovich to the table, but almost two decades of playing knowledge to the Bucks or any other franchise that hires her as GM.
It’s shaping up to be an interesting offseason for the Spurs. Will they see one of their top assistants leave for an executive role?