She's first female in NBA, which had been boys only
A woman will become an assistant coach for a men's pro basketball team. And that's a big deal.
It's the first time a female will be a full-time assistant on an NBA coaching staff. The NBA is the National Basketball Association. The players all are men. As pros, they are paid to play for their teams.
Becky Hammon has been playing women's pro basketball. She no longer will play and will move to the staff of the San Antonio Spurs. She will work with head coach Gregg Popovich on scouting, game-planning and practice. The Spurs are the defending champs of the NBA.
"I'm up for challenges," Hammon said Tuesday.
Last season, Hammon attended Spurs practices and sat behind the bench at home games.
"People ask me all the time, will there ever be a woman player in the NBA?" Hammon said. "To be honest, no. The guys are too big, too strong and that's just the way it is.
"But when it comes to things of the mind, things like coaching . . . there's no reason why a woman couldn't be in the mix and shouldn't be in the mix."