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Spurs Make Hammon NBA’s First Hired Female Assistant Coach

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SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) – The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA All Star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, the team announced on Tuesday. Hammon will become the first female assistant coach hired in NBA history.

Hammon is currently in her 16th season in the WNBA, but has announced that she will retire at the conclusion of the season. She is currently a member of the San Antonio Stars.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Hammon, a six-time All Star, was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011.

She currently ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).

Natalie Nakase, the assistant video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers, served as an assistant during the summer league for L.A. It’s unclear what her role with the team will be moving forward.

Lisa Boyer served as a “volunteer assistant coach” for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2002.

Hammons spent time with the Spurs organization during the 2013-14 season.

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