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Becky Hammon and the Spurs: A perfect fit

Becky Hammon and the Spurs: A perfect fit

Posted by Liliana Castaño on August 06, 2014

When Becky Hammon was asked Tuesday what her role will be on the San Antonio Spurs' coaching staff, her answer was as quick and sharp as her basketball mind.

"I'll be doing the same things that all the other assistants will be doing," she said.

And with that, a bit of basketball history was made.

Hammon, a seven-time All-Star in the WNBA, was hired Tuesday as an assistant coach with the Spurs -- a forward-thinking move befitting an organization that always seems to be one step ahead of everyone else. Hammon, 37, will begin her duties upon the completion of her 16th WNBA season, the last eight of which have been spent with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

She becomes the first full-time female coach on an NBA bench, following basketball trail blazers such as Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, who coached the Dallas Mavericks' D-League team in 2009, and Lisa Boyer, a volunteer assistant on John Lucas' Cleveland Cavaliers' staff in 2001-02.

"Obviously this is a big deal, but the bigger deal is, I feel like there's been greater pioneers to even get to this point," Hammon said. "CEOs, COOs of companies, major trailblazers, people that went before me basketball-wise to allow me to have a 16-year playing career. ... There have been so many other women who have been doing really great things."

The announcement came a week after the National Basketball Players Association elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a male pro sports league's union in the United States.

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