Although 2020 is almost over, it continues to turn into sporting milestones. Wednesday night, for the first time, a woman worked as the head coach in an NBA match.
When Tottenham manager Greg Popovich was dismissed after an argument with a referee in the second quarter of the match with the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, he turned to his assistant, Becky Hammon, and indicated that she should take over the captaincy.
He officially referred to me, Hamon He said. That was him. He said, “You have them. Obviously it’s a big deal. It’s a pivotal moment.”
She added, “It was business as usual.” They are accustomed to hearing my voice in practice. In practical terms, Bob would put us in two teams and each would have a team. So they kind of got used to hearing me over there and seeing me do a blackboard play or something. “
Although not much was achieved during the match, which the Lakers won, 121-107, the reactions faded after that and on social media.
“It’s nice to hear her barking, groups barking,” Said LeBron James of the Lakers. “She is very passionate about the game. So congratulations to her, congratulations to Dorina.”
Hammon, 43, played for 16 years in WNBA, where she was a six-time All-Star. After he was overtaken for the US Olympic team, I represented Russia, Where I also played professionally, in the 2008 and 2012 games.
In 2014, I became a First full-time assistant coach In the league. At the time, she said of Popovich: “Frankly, I don’t think he gives two years because I’m a woman. And I don’t want to be an employee because I’m a woman.” She has held the position of coach for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer league in Las Vegas three times, and won the title in 2015.
Hammon’s leadership in the league has sparked speculation that she will one day be a head coach and has reportedly been a candidate for several top jobs in the past, most recently the Indiana Pacers.
“The future is bright for her,” said Tottenham’s Digwent after the match. “I hope you just stick with it and don’t give up. It might happen someday, and it might not, who knows, but it’s definitely on the right track.”
Hamoun sought to keep the focus on her duties.
She said, “I’m only at this moment with men.” “I’m trying to figure out the best way to help them.”