James Brown was really onto something when he suggested that a man’s world is nothing without a woman. As obvious as that may seem, we’re all too conditioned to view women as less than, especially in the field of sports. But much to our delight, we learn today that the NBA has just hired its first full-time woman coach. Talk about a slam dunk.
Becky Hammon, who is retiring this month from a 16-season playing career in the W.N.B.A., will join the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach next season, the N.B.A. team announced Tuesday.
Hammon, 37, becomes the second woman to serve on an N.B.A. coaching staff. The first was Lisa Boyer, who was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ staff in the 2001-02 season. Boyer, however, worked part time and was not paid by the team. Hammon has been hired to a full-time, paid position.
Hammon, point guard and six-time W.N.B.A All-Star had this to say about going into her new position: “It’s a tremendous challenge, and it comes with tremendous responsibility. There have been so many other women that are doing really, really great things, and I’m just kind of following in their paths.”
We extend our congratulations. We’ve no doubt her b-ball I.Q. is up to par.