Our colleague Marissa Payne reports for the Early Lead:
The San Antonio Spurs made history on Tuesday, hiring six-time WNBA all-star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Hammon, who is currently finishing up her 16th year as a player in the women’s league, will become the first female assistant coach in the NBA when she begins the job.
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said in an NBA press release. “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.”