Standing ovation for Spurs
If you’re looking for yet another reason to love the San Antonio Spurs, the team’s latest hire might just help your cause.
On Tuesday, the reigning NBA champions announced they had hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Yes, you read that correctly. The six-time WNBA All-Star and beloved San Antonio Star will join the coaching staff after she retires at the end of the season.
I will now give you a moment to do your favorite celebratory dance or find the hand-clapping emoji on your phone.
While Hammon is likely waiting for her Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss her new job, her silence hasn’t stopped others from congratulating her and weighing in on the historic hire. Hammon almost immediately became the top trending topic on Twitter, even averaging more chatter than One Direction. So now you know it’s serious.
Congrats @BeckyHammon - boundaries are meant to be broken— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 5, 2014
Congrats to @BeckyHammon on being hired by the SA Spurs! Opening doors for women to enter the NBA world, as coaches!! Best of luck...— Ticha Penicheiro (@TichaPenicheiro) August 5, 2014
Spurs ahead of the curve again, hiring Becky Hammon as an NBA assistant coach: http://t.co/5vIYfUQem5 Great move by the Spurs.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 5, 2014
Spurs hire Becky Hammon as a full-time assistant coach. Hammon was named one of top 15 WNBA players of all time. She'll be great.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 5, 2014
Even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had -- gasp! -- several positive words to say about his new employee, praising “her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills” and calling her a “great benefit” to the team in a statement.
You may now feel free to resume your happy dance.
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