Becky Hammon makes National Basketball Association history with Spurs after Gregg Popovich's ejection

Becky Hammon makes National Basketball Association history with Spurs after Gregg Popovich's ejection

"I've been a part of this organization".

Hammon, 43, was a three-time All-American at Colorado State University, before putting together a tremendous WNBA career with the New York Liberty (1999-2006) and San Antonio Stars (2007-14) that included six All-Star appearances.

The Spurs were already losing the game when Hammon came in and they were unable to get the W. As a result, the loss will be put under Popovich's record and not Hammon's.

"I'm just in the moment with the guys".

"I try not to think about the huge picture and the huge aspect of it because it can get overwhelming". "I really have had no time to reflect".

The 4-time MVP did not look like your typical 36-year-old against the Spurs, dropping 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for the Lakers. "It's a substantial moment", she said on a videoconference. 'I would have liked a different outcome.

Popovich will be credited as the head coach in the official statistics, but it was a historic moment. Popovich was asked about Hammon's credentials before the game Wednesday.

"She's been here since I got here [in 2016]".

Hammon said that after she was called upon to lead the Spurs against the Lakers, she tried keep her focus on helping her team get a victory. "That was it", Hammon said. She noted that she has worked toward the milestone for years, spending more than a decade in San Antonio as either a player or a coach.

Popovich received a technical foul and was thrown out of the game with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter for arguing with a referee as his team trailed the Lakers 52-41.

"Becky played, and any player who knows the history of women's basketball knows what she meant to the sport". At the time, though, she was too consumed by the game to think of anything else. "So, she's got all of the tools necessary to be a heck of a coach in our league". I hope she just sticks to it and doesn't give up.

Amick: It's one thing to be the acting head coach, but it remains to be seen if and when a woman will get the honor of being the full-time head coach. She's obviously clear in what she's saying, but you can definitely feel, me watching her as a player, you definitely feel that same sort of intensity as a coach.

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