Becky Hammon's a hoops trailblazer with Spurs

Last updated 10:20 06/08/2014
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TRAILBLAZER: Becky Hammon has been unveiled as the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history after inking a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

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The reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have named long-time WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in league history today.

Hammon, 37, is a six-time WNBA All-Star who has spent the last eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars, from which she will soon retire.

''In some ways it is trailblazing, but there have been so many other women that are doing really, really great things and I am just kind of following in their path,'' Hammon said.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement: ''I'm confident that her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit for the Spurs.''

There have been female head coaches in the NBA Development and summer leagues, and Lisa Boyer was a part-time member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff during the 2001-02 NBA season, according to the Spurs.

Named one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445), the Spurs said.

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