5 Coaching candidates for the Spurs if Gregg Popovich retires this summer
1. Becky Hammon
The dream candidate is Becky Hammon. Everywhere Hammon has coached, winning has followed. While Hammon has expressed interest in the NBA, it seems as though she likes her post as head coach of the Las Vegas Aces. However, Hammon hasn't completely shut down a return to the NBA, addressing that topic last month in an exclusive Q&A with The Denver Post.
"“At this point, no. If it happens, it happens. I won’t say no I’m never going back and I won’t say I’m always going to stay here.”"- Becky Hammon
Hammon is in a great spot in the WNBA. Fresh off a championship, the Aces loaded up in the offseason, adding Candace Parker to an already gifted assembly of talent. However, the Spurs know Hammon better than any team in the NBA, and Hammon knows the Spurs. While it may be far-fetched, the Spurs should absolutely pursue Hammon if Pop steps away from the clipboard this summer.
You’ll never find a coach without some scratch on their record, and Popovich is irreplaceable. With that said, any of the candidates we discussed would be great fits for the San Antonio Spurs, considering their track record with player development and familiarity with the organization.