LAS VEGAS — Becky Hammon made history when she became the first female head coach in NBA summer league. Leading the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship just made the experience that much sweeter.
Hammon coached the Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday in the title game.
“It was a grind,” Hammon said. “They’ve been together for 17 days. They really started to jell the last two or three games. They listened, and they played really hard for me. I just really appreciate their attentiveness and alertness. They were tired, but they fought through.”
The Spurs participated in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues, but Hammon served as the head coach only in the higher-profile Vegas event. The Spurs lost the opener to the New York Knicks and then reeled off six straight victories.
Jonathon Simmons scored 23 points and took home MVP honors in the championship game. Treveon Graham added 22 points for the Spurs.
“It’s amazing. It was a humbling experience for all of us,” Simmons told NBATV of playing for Hammon. “I really love her, and I’ve only known her a couple days. She’s a real cool coach. She’s a player coach. That’s something we all like.”