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San Antonio Spurs make NBA history with new assistant coach hire

San Antonio Spurs make NBA history with new assistant coach hire

Add another milestone to the San Antonio Spurs’ banner year. In addition to winning the 2014 NBA championship, the Spurs have just hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — the first female full-time coach in the history of the NBA.

The former WNBA star spent 16 seasons with the San Antonio Stars before announcing her retirement in July. Hammon was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time and is the seventh highest scorer in the history of the league.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in a statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Though the team clinched the championship this year, the Spurs did lose two assistant coaches from the staff, Mike Budenholzer and Brett Brown. Per NBA regulations, no details about Hammon’s contract have been released.

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Becky Hammon is joining the coaching staff for the San Antonio Spurs. Photo by WNBA/ WNBA.com