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Bob's Blog: Historic Hiring in Hammon

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 10:59 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

August 05, 2015 07:10 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

INTERLEAGUE

Seattle 10 Colorado 4

Wednesday's Game

Seattle (T.Walker 8-7) at Colorado (Rusin 3-4), 3:10 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tuesday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 13, Boston 3

Toronto 3, Minnesota 1

Kansas City 5, Detroit 1

Texas 4, Houston 3

Tampa Bay 11, Chicago White Sox 3

Oakland 5, Baltimore 0

Cleveland 2, L.A. Angels 0, 12 innings

Wednesday's Games

Tampa Bay (E.Ramirez 8-4) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 4-4), 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore (W.Chen 5-6) at Oakland (Graveman 6-7), 3:35 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 9-6) at L.A. Angels (Santiago 7-5), 3:35 p.m.

Boston (S.Wright 4-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Severino 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota (Duffey 0-0) at Toronto (Hutchison 9-2), 7:07 p.m.

Kansas City (Cueto 0-0) at Detroit (Boyd 0-2), 7:08 p.m.

Houston (Kazmir 6-5) at Texas (N.Martinez 6-6), 8:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Tuesday's Games

Washington 5, Arizona 4

Chicago Cubs 5, Pittsburgh 0

Philadelphia 6, L.A. Dodgers 2

N.Y. Mets 5, Miami 1

San Francisco 8, Atlanta 3

Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 2

Milwaukee 4, San Diego 1

Wednesday's Games

Arizona (R.De La Rosa 8-5) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 8-4), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Haren 7-7) at Pittsburgh (Locke 6-6), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (B.Anderson 5-6) at Philadelphia (Harang 5-11), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Harvey 9-7) at Miami (Phelps 4-7), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-6) at Atlanta (W.Perez 4-1), 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis (C.Martinez 11-4) at Cincinnati (Holmberg 1-0), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (Kennedy 6-9) at Milwaukee (Jungmann 5-3), 8:10 p.m.

WNBA

Tuesday's Games

Connecticut 82, San Antonio 51

Chicago 106, Indiana 82

Phoenix 87, Tulsa 84, OT

Los Angeles 83, Minnesota 61

Wednesday's Games

San Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m.

MLS

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Orlando City at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.

New York at Montreal, 8 p.m.

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