Leave it to the Spurs.
In an NBA offseason that has been especially busy with blockbuster free agency news (LeBron), and surprising coaching shakeups (Jason Kidd to the Bucks?!), San Antonio may have quietly made the most indelible mark of all Tuesday in hiring Becky Hammon as the first full-time, salaried female assistant coach in the league.
"I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement Tuesday. "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."
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Ms. Hammon, a former WNBA star, isn't the first woman to coach NBA players: Lisa Boyer worked part-time as a practice assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007, while she was coaching the WNBA's Cleveland Rockers. But Hammon is the first to do it full time.