Becky Hammon Becomes First Women To Serve As A Head Coach In NBA History

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

31 Dec 2020

Becky Hammon made NBA history when the assistant coach took over the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday night.

LeBron James, who was celebrating his 36th birthday said: “Obviously she’s been paying her dues over the last few years and Coach Pop has given her the opportunity. … It’s a beautiful thing just to hear her barking out calls, barking out sets. She’s very passionate about the game. Congrats to her and congrats for our league.”

A historic night for a repeated history maker, Hammon was also the first full-time female assistant coach in league history.

Speaking after the game Hammon said: “(I was) trying to get the guys in the right spots, trying to get them motivated. Obviously, it’s a learning situation for all of us, but I would have loved to have walked out there with a win with the guys.”