“I got it” San Antonio Tottenham Assistant coach Becky Hammon said coach Greg Popovich told her when he left the field during the second quarter of a home game against the defending champions. Los Angeles Lakers.
Hammon thus became the first woman to coach a team NBA Wednesday’s team after Popovi was fired for shouting at an official and entering court after not calling.
Hamon said, according to the Associated Press: “I try not to think about the big picture and the huge side of it because it might be overwhelming.” “I didn’t have time to think. I didn’t have time to look at my phone. So, I don’t know what’s going on outside of AT&T.”
She said at that historic moment that she was just trying to put the players in their correct positions.
“Trying to motivate them. Obviously, it’s a learning mode for all of us, but I would have loved to get out there with the win players.”
Los Angeles beat San Antonio 121-107 but Laker LeBron James had a lot to say about Hammon’s achievement.
James, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Wednesday, said, “It’s clear that she’s been paying her dues for the past few years and Coach Bob has given her the opportunity.” “It’s nice to hear her screams barking and barking in groups. She’s very passionate about the game. Congratulations to her and congratulations for the league.”
Lakers coach Frank Vogel described this moment as “it deserves”.
“I’ve spoken to her before and she really knows her things and it’s obvious she’s here for a reason. She’s equipped and smart (and the guys) respect her a lot. She’ll be a great coach one day.”
Tottenham player Dimar DeRozan said Hamon is always quick on her feet even during layovers with Popovic.
“It tells us about the defensive missions and the offensive groups that we must perform,” he said. “Seeing her in the foreground, it was definitely great to win for her.”
Hamon has played three times in the US state of Colorado, playing for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars in the WNBA as well as abroad before retiring to join Popovich’s team in 2014.
Hammon was the first full-time coach in the league’s history.
The Lakers advanced their first double at 35-25 on the Kyle Kozma 3 Index with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter.
DeRozan added 23 to Tottenham, who lost for the second time in a row after the opening of the season with two consecutive victories.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.