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 fired after an argument with a referee in the second quarter of a 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 reaction faded afterwards.
“It’s nice to hear her barking, groups barking,” Said LeBron James of the Lakers. “She’s very passionate about the game. So congratulations to her, congratulations to Dorina.”
Hammon, 43, is a Colorado bout but has played for 16 years in WNBA, where she was a six-time All-Star. After the United States Olympic team was abandoned, I represented Russia, Where I also played professionally, in the 2008 and 2012 games.
On her journey home from the 2012 London Games, Popovich was Hamon’s teammate at the bench. She remembered he had asked her, “If you were my assistant and she asked for something, would you tell me the truth?”
She replied, “I don’t know why you would ask me if you don’t want me to tell the truth.” He replied, “Good, I don’t want a bunch of men yeah.”
In 2013, Hamon suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, surprisingly ending the WNBA season. While rehabilitating, she worked as a coaching coach with Tottenham Hotspur. And in 2014, Popovich hired her as her 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.
There have been other important milestones for women in sports this year.
In November, Sarah Fuller becomes Vanderbilt first woman To play and score in a regular season match at a Power 5 college football convention when I kicked the team. Kim Ng became the first woman to be hired to run baseball operations for a major league team when she was Appointed general manager From the Miami Marlins. In an exhibition game in July, she becomes Alyssa Nakin of the San Francisco Giants first woman For field training in major tournaments.
Hammon’s leadership in the league has sparked speculation that she will one day be a head coach, and she has been reported to be 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.”