Becky Hammon made NBA history by being named the first woman head coach to lead an NBA team. Her experience and hard work paid off on Monday night as she led the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship. As the first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history, she is beloved by the Spurs. Guard Jonathan Simmons, who was named the game’s MVP, praised her, saying that “she’s a player coach.” Greg Popvich, the Spurs head coach, has commended Hammon on her coaching acumen and repeated that Hammon was not being hired just to “break the glass ceiling.” Hammon acknowledges that hard work and treating people the right way has been pivotal in her achievements, and is thankful that “those guys [the players] trusted me back.”
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