Becky Hammon Gets Spurs To Play Like A Girl, Wins Summer League Championship
This might be one of the best statistical summers for female athletes in recent memory. Serena Williams is sniffing at a calendar year Grand Slam after her win at Wimbledon. The United States women won the World Cup for a record third time. Ronda Rousey is fast becoming one of the best MMA fighters in the land. And tonight Becky Hammon won the Las Vegas Summer League title as the Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
Hammon lead the Spurs to a 6-1 record as the first ever female head coach at Summer League. Her historic win comes just under a year after she joined the Spurs staff as the NBA's first ever female full-time assistant coach. Just like most of her male counterparts, Hammon was a standout college and professional basketball player before becoming a coach, including being a six-time WNBA All-Star and a member of the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame.
Clearly her women's basketball pedigree has prepared her quite nicely for the NBA, especially her ability to develop and connect with younger players that are coming up through the system. Summer League Championship Game MVP Jonathon Simmons spoke to her ability as a player coach in an interview with NBA TV after the game.
"She's experienced and you can't take that away from her, at all..."
That's for sure, and her experience certainly got even more impressive with this historic achievement on her resume. There are more than a few head coaches who should be watching over their shoulder, because it's becoming very clear that Becky Hammon is the real deal.
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