Becky Hammon becomes first woman to coach NBA Summer League game

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Spurs' Becky Hammon coaches first NBA Summer League game
Sunday July 12th, 2015

Becky Hammon made history on Saturday by becoming the first female head coach in the history of the NBA Summer League when she led the Spurs in their game against the Knicks in Las Vegas.

Hammon became the first full-time female assistant coach in the history of all four major American sports leagues last summer when she was brought onto the Spurs staff by Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs head coach spoke highly of Hammon's basketball IQ and her contributions in a March interview with the New York Post.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman,” he said. “It’s the same position, it’s the same pick-and-roll, it’s the same defenses and all that sort of thing. She’s very confident in the knowledge that she has and the way she approaches the game from a point-guard position. It’s been good to have her. It’s another perspective that we didn’t have before.”​

The Spurs fell 78–73 to the Knicks in the team's first Las Vegas Summer League game.

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