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Bob's Blog: Historic Hiring in Hammon

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 11:59 PM CDT
Becky Hammon will not sit on the bench with the Spurs as an assistant coach - she'll sit right behind it.  Where she belongs.Back in the summer of 2005 the Spurs signed another assistant coach - one of the few teams in the league to make this particular position a priority.  Chip Engelland has since spent 10 years as a shooting coach for the Spurs - not sitting on the bench, but right behind it, helping players make in-game adjustments - and most notably on his arrival - helping Tony Parker's jumper get great.
Today - the Spurs signed another assistant coach - the only team in the history of the league to make "her" a particular priority.

Becky Hammon isn't getting a job as a PR move or ploy - pretty obvious the Spurs don't need that.  The Spurs hired Hammon because of her basketball mind.  

The NBA has stayed at the forefront of making women a priority in their league.  Maybe part of it is because they play the exact same game at the same level, unlike football or baseball.  But maybe it's also because they're just really good at what they do.  That's not so hard to believe, is it?

The Pacers signed Ann Myers in 1979.  A first.  The league assigned Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner as referees in 1997.  A first.  The NBA's D-League Texas Legends hired Nancy Leiberman as head coach.  A first.  Heck - the NBA players association just hired an executive director in Michele Roberts.  A first.
The league is ahead of the game - and the Spurs are ahead of the league.
The hiring of Becky Hammon is just more proof of that.  Becky Hammon will not sit on the bench with the Spurs as an assistant coach - she'll sit right behind it.  Where she belongs.  Just ask Chip Engelland.  He's been there for ten years - and it's a pretty incredible view.Bob's Blog: Historic Hiring in Hammon


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Scores & Schedules

March 05, 2015 08:10 GMT

SPRING TRAINING

Wednesday's Games

Philadelphia 3, N.Y. Yankees 1

Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 1

Detroit 5, Baltimore 4

N.Y. Mets 8, Atlanta 2

Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 2

Seattle 4, San Diego 3, 10 innings

Oakland 9, San Francisco 2

Kansas City 13, Texas 2

Chicago White Sox 6, L.A. Dodgers 4

Arizona 6, Colorado 2

Thursday's Games

N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (ss) vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 5:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 105, Orlando 100

Indiana 105, New York 82

Cleveland 120, Toronto 112

Boston 85, Utah 84

Charlotte 115, Brooklyn 91

New Orleans 88, Detroit 85

Oklahoma City 123, Philadelphia 118, OT

Memphis 102, Houston 100

Denver 100, Minnesota 85

Miami 100, L.A. Lakers 94

San Antonio 112, Sacramento 85

Golden State 102, Milwaukee 93

Portland 98, L.A. Clippers 93, OT

Thursday's Games

Oklahoma City at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 3, Winnipeg 1

Detroit 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, OT

Colorado 3, Pittsburgh 1

Anaheim 3, Montreal 1

Thursday's Games

Calgary at Boston, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Washington, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Montreal at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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