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Becky Hammon, first female head coach in NBA history.

Becky Hammon, first female head coach in NBA history.

(Becky in action photos by Todd L. Green)

Former WNBA player Becky Hammon, an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, will serve as head-coach of the Spurs summer league team in Las Vegas. Hammon, who became the first full-time paid female NBA assistant coach last season, was an All-Star in the WNBA, she played eight seasons each with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars.

Hammond will lead San Antonio’s entry in the Las Vegas league — the biggest of the three NBA summer showcases — starting next weekend. “I’m still seeing what kind of head coach I’m going to be,” Hammon told reporters in San Antonio, with the video of the interview posted to the team’s web site. (click here to view video) She’ll have a better idea of that in a couple weeks.

The Spurs will first play in a summer league at Utah starting Monday, when they’ll be led by video coordinator Will Hardy. When they shift to Las Vegas for the league’s biggest of its three summer showcases, Hammon — given the assignment by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich,  Hammon will be in charge.

“I’m just thankful that Pop trusted me enough to give me this opportunity, because it is a big opportunity,” Hammon said.

The Spurs will play at least five games in Las Vegas, starting on July 11. An All-Star in the WNBA, she played eight seasons each with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars and she was at times the sort of player who didn’t mind jawing with officials.

On August 2nd, Hammon will be honored by the NY Liberty, her first WNBA team, as she enters their Ring of Honor.

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