“We really respect her as an individual and as a player, and she wanted to participate so we put her in all our coaches’ meetings and at our practices just to see how she reacts to it all,” Popovich said last February. “It’s been great having her around. Becky’s a lifer. She wants to see how she likes coaching. We love her to death.”
It was then that Popovich first broached the possibility of adding Hammon. She said he stressed that it would only happen if she was qualified, a point Popovich stressed again when it finally happened.
“I’m just so grateful they value my experiences as a basketball player and have thrown the gender thing out the window,” Hammon said. “Pop made it clear that I’m being hired for my basketball IQ and my relationship skills, not because I’m a woman.” It was, ’You’ve been a player, we appreciate the mind you have for the game and we think you’d be a great addition.’ It just so happens my playing career and me being down in San Antonio opened that door. I’m just walking through it. It’s exciting.”
“I think anything’s possible as far as women coaching men. It’s really silly. People ask me all the time, will there ever be a woman player in the NBA? To be honest, no. There are differences. The guys are too big, too strong and that’s just the way it is. But when it comes to things of the mind — game-planning, coming up with schemes — there’s no reason a woman couldn’t be in the mix or shouldn’t be in the mix.
“In every other walk of life, be it surgery or politics or the military, women are blazing paths everywhere. It was only a matter of time before this was another area women would walk into. Anything is possible. People need to be hired because they are qualified and able, whether they’re a man or a woman.”
I have to reblog this because it’s historic and because it’s Becky. Rapid City, kids.