SJ - December 31, 2020
In the second quarter of the Spurs loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected. He handed the team over to assistant Becky Hammon and just like that history was made.
Greg Popovich was just ejected from the gamepic.twitter.com/sonsgUaPbW
— Laker Highlight (@LakerHighlight) December 31, 2020
Spurs assistant Becky Hammon filled in for an ejected Gregg Popovich.
She's believed to be the first woman to act as head coach during an NBA regular-season game. pic.twitter.com/VyQqVNaPhc
— ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2020
Hammon became the first woman in NBA history to serve as a head coach in a regular season game. The moment wasn't lost on her. She discussed making history after the game.
"Obviously, it's a big deal," Hammon said after the game. "It's a substantial moment. I've been a part of this organization, I got traded here in 2007, so I've been in San Antonio and part of the Spurs and sports organization with the Stars and everything for 13 years. So I have a lot of time invested, and they have a lot of time invested in me, in building me and getting me better."
It's a cool moment for Hammon. One that has been in the making for several years now and brings her closer to landing a head coaching job in the league.