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Becky Hammon becomes NBA’s first female head coach after Spurs’ Gregg Popovich ejected from game


“#You got ’em,” #San #Antonio #Spurs assistant coach #Becky #Hammon said head coach #Gregg #Popovich told her when he left the court during the second quarter of a home game against the defending league champion #Los #Angeles #Lakers.

#Hammon thus became the first woman to coach an NBA team #Wednesday after #Popovich was ejected for screaming at an official and entering the court following a non-call.

“I try not to think of the huge picture and huge aspect of it because it can be overwhelming,” #Hammon said, according to The #Associated #Press. “I really have had no time to reflect. I have not had time to look at my phone. #So, I don’t know what’s going on outside the AT&T #Center.”

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#She said in that historic moment she was just trying to get the players in their 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.”

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#San #Antonio #Spurs assistant coach #Becky #Hammon breaks from a huddle during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the #Los #Angeles #Lakers in #San #Antonio, #Wednesday, #Dec. 30, 2020. #Hammon became the first woman to direct an NBA team, taking over the #Spurs after coach #Gregg #Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to the #Lakers. (#Associated #Press)

#Los #Angeles beat #San #Antonio 121-107 but #Laker #LeBron #James had a lot to say about #Hammon’s milestone.

“#Obviously she’s been paying her dues over the last few years and #Coach #Pop has given her the opportunity,” #James, who celebrated his 36th birthday #Wednesday, said. “#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.”

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#Lakers head coach #Frank #Vogel called the moment “#Well deserved.”

“I’ve talked to her before and she really knows her stuff and obviously she’s here for a reason. #She’s equipped, intelligent (and the) guys have great respect for her. #She’s going to be a great coach one day.”

#Spurs player #DeMar #DeRozan said #Hammon is always quick on her feet even in timeouts with #Popovitch.

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“#She tells us about defensive assignments, offensive sets we should run,” he said. “#Seeing her in the forefront, it would have definitely been cool to have won for her.”

A three-time #All-American at #Colorado #State, #Hammon played for the #New #York #Liberty and #San #Antonio #Stars in the WNBA as well as overseas before retiring to join #Popovich’s staff in 2014.

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#Hammon was the first full-time female assistant coach in league history.

The #Lakers took their first double-digit lead at 35-25 on #Kyle #Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter.

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#DeRozan added 23 for the #Spurs, who lost their second straight after opening the season with two consecutive wins.

The #Associated #Press contributed to this report.



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