NBA Team Makes History, Hires First Female Assistant Coach

The San Antonio Spurs hire WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon

Hot on the heels of the National Basketball Association hiring its first female union chief, the San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Becky Hammon will join them as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season, making NBA history.

Hammon has played for the San Antonio Stars since 2007 and is slated to retire after the current WNBA season, according to USAToday. The report also notes that Hammon has already been working with the Spurs as she recovers from a knee injury.

In a team release, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said, "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.”

USAToday does mention that the Los Angeles Clippers made a former UCLA player, Natalie Nakase, an assistant for the team, but only for the Summer League. Hammon will be the first official female hire for an assistant coach with the organization.

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