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Sport Did Becky Hammon make history? Gregg Popovich ejection sparks mass coaching confusion

06:45  17 november  2019
06:45  17 november  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Gregg Popovich was ejected in the 3rd quarter of Blazers-Spurs. But no woman has ever been the head coach of an NBA team, which would make Hammon taking over the In any case, Popovich 's ejection did seem to have an effect on the Spurs, as they turned things around quickly, ripping off a

Gregg Popovich compares Becky Hammon to several successful NBA head coaches . Earlier Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced that WNBA player Becky Hammon had been hired as the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history .

Gregg Popovich didn’t make it to the end of the San Antonio Spurs’ 121-116 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Becky Hammon standing in front of a crowd: After Gregg Popovich was ejected on Saturday night, it was tough to tell who was leading the Spurs in his absence. (AP/Eric Gay)© Provided by Oath Inc. After Gregg Popovich was ejected on Saturday night, it was tough to tell who was leading the Spurs in his absence. (AP/Eric Gay)

Instead, Popovich picked up a pair of technical fouls for arguing with the officials early in the third quarter, leading to his ejection at the AT&T Center.

BOX SCORE: TRAIL BLAZERS 121, SPURS 116

Without the legendary coach on the bench, however, it wasn’t clear who was running the team.

In fact, it was extremely confusing.

In theory, Becky Hammon would take over the top spot. Hammon, who was promoted to the head assistant job in 2018, is next in line. And, when a head coach is ejected, the top assistant usually steps up to finish the game.

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Gregg Popovich didn’t want to coach this year’s Western Conference team in the NBA All-Star Game, but his wasn’t the only voice in the room. One of those is Becky Hammon , and on Sunday she’ll be at Popovich ’s side and will become the first woman to be an assistant coach in an NBA All-Star Game.

Coach Gregg Popovich had become a fan, too, impressed not only with Hammon 's game, but all her experiences outside basketball. Popovich may have a rep for being prickly, but he's also one of the smartest and most well-rounded coaches in the NBA, well versed in everything from politics to pinot

If that were the case, it would be a historic first — not only in the NBA, but in major men’s professional sports in the United States. Hammon would be the first woman to ever serve as a head coach among major men’s professional sports, even if she did so for just a little more than a single quarter.

But if that is what happened, it certainly wasn’t clear. It looked much more like a team effort from Popovich’s assistants, with both Tim Duncan and Will Hardy sharing leadership duties with Hammon. At times, all three coaches were sitting down during gameplay, too — making it even harder to tell what was running the show.

According to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs decided to embrace the team mentality, too.

Eventually, Popovich cleared things up. Duncan was the official “acting head coach,” with Hammon and Hardy assisting.

To be fair, it is extremely hard to replace a coach like Popovich. He has been with the organization since 1988, won five NBA titles and made the playoffs in every season since he took over as the head coach in 1997. The 70-year-old became the head coach of Team USA this summer, too. It’s understandable that it would take a group to fill his shoes.

Still, having a designated head coach — whether it be Hammon, Duncan or anyone else — seems like a prudent thing for an NBA organization to have at all times, even if it’s just symbolic.

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How many of those head coaches do you think are women? Did you guess zero? Hammon has already made NBA history : When the Spurs’s beloved head coach , Gregg Popovich , hired her in 2014, Hammon became the first woman ever to serve as a full-time assistant coach in the league

Spurs assistant Becky Hammon has a résumé few can match. Shouldn't it be a foregone conclusion Here’s an idea: How about we all leave San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon alone It’s not for her to make the case that she’s ready to run an NBA team or to answer why she doesn’t

In the end, though, it really doesn’t matter.

The loss, which marked San Antonio’s fifth-straight, will still go on Popovich’s record.

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