San Antonio Spurs' Becky Hammon has quickly become one of the most notable assistant coaches in the NBA. Her intellect and desire to get better, seemingly has her poised to become a head coach in the future.
What’s just as remarkable is the amount of supporters she’s gained in such a short period of time. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich takes every opportunity to praise her ability.
In an article from USA Today, Popovich and Rudy Gay shared their first-hand accounts of working with Hammon.
"She has the ability as far as innate knowledge of the game, a feel for the game, a work ethic," he said. "She’s gained the respect of all of our players, including guys that are no longer here, like Manu (Ginobili) and Tim (Duncan) and Tony (Parker), so all that’s in place.”
“But my personal belief is, it’s gonna take somebody that has some courage and isn’t steeped in the old status quo of who can coach and who can’t,” he continued. Why can’t a woman do what I’m doing or what anybody else is doing in the NBA?"
Spurs forward Rudy Gay shares a similar viewpoint when it comes to Hammon.
"Becky’s a real one, man," Gay said.
"She knows basketball," Gay said. "Obviously, she’s played it, and she’s been successful at it. But as far as being a coach, she comes out here, and she coaches. She shows that there’s no gender in coaching.”
He mentioned how Hammon has helped him in numerous ways, specifically coming back from a career threatening-injury as she had to do the same during her WNBA career.
It seems as if it’s only a matter of time before Hammon is a head coach in the NBA.
For now, she’s focused on helping out in any way possible for the Spurs.