Becky Hammond Become First Female Head Coach in NBA Summer League

Becky Hammon Awarding Jonathan Simmons MVP Honors
Becky Hammon Awarding Jonathan Simmons MVP Honors

Becky Hammond made history this year when she became the first female head coach in NBA summer league. She can also add bragging rights as she led the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship with a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday in the title game. Hammond, just last year, became the first all female full-time assistant coach in NBA history.

“It was a grind,” Hammon said. “They’ve been together for 17 days. They really started to jell the last two or three games. They listened, and they played really hard for me. I just really appreciate their attentiveness and alertness. They were tired, but they fought through.”

The Spurs participated in both Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues. The Spurs lost the opener to the New York Knicks, but then reeled off six straight victories. Hammond served as the head coach only in the Vegas event.

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