Spurs’ Becky Hammon makes history as first woman to coach in NBA game

Becky Hammon and the San Antonio Spurs made history Wednesday night, as she became the first women to ever roam the sidelines as a head coach in an NBA game.

The assistant coach took over the team after head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 3: 56 to go in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers proceeded to win the game 121-107.

Popovich was given a standing ovation as he left the court by multiple family members of the team who were present at the A & T Center.

Hammon became the first female full-time assistant coach in the NBA before the 2014-15 season. She played 16 seasons in the WNBA with the New York Liberty and the San Antonio Silver Stars and made the All-Star team six times before moving to the Spurs bench upon her retirement.

Hammon coached the Spurs in the Las Vegas Summer League last year, where she also made history when she became the first female NBA head coach to win a summer league title on July 20, 2015.

 

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