Thirty-six years later, Becky Hammon will make some National Basteball Association history of her own in Las Vegas where she’ll be the first female head coach in summer league history. Only three of the nine teams competing in Orlando this summer – the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Brooklyn Nets – qualified for the playoffs last season.
She was the first woman to coach in the National Basteball Association since Lisa Boyer served as a part-time assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001-02. The decision has put her on track to have a very real chance at being the first woman to be a head coach in the National Basteball Association, though that still seems down the line because of her inexperience.
The Spurs typically send their inexperienced coaches to practice their skills during summer league.
“Nothing in my life has really ever been easy”.
“I’m excited”, Hammon said in an interview with the Express-News on Friday. “I’m up for challenges. Throw those all in there and this was the ideal challenge and opportunity”.
The summer leagues in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City feature mostly young players trying to break into the National Basteball Association. San Antonio will play at least five games in Vegas. The Spurs also have a team in the Utah summer league and club video coordinator Will Hardy will be the coach there.