NBA history as Becky Hammon becomes first woman to act as head coach of team for San Antonio Spurs against LA LakersDecember 31, 2020
BECKY HAMMON has created a moment of history by becoming the first woman to act as NBA head coach.
The 43-year-old was assigned the role during San Antonio Spurs' 121-107 defeat with Los Angeles Lakers.
Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich was sent off in the second quarter for shouting at the official following a controversial call.
Popovich then pointed at Hammon, his assistant, and said: "You got 'em."
After the contest, she said: "It's a big deal, it's a substantial moment.
"I got traded here in 2007, so I've been with this organisation for 13 years so I have a lot of time invested and they have a lot of time invested in me, building me and getting me better.
"Honestly in the moment, I was just trying to win the game.
"I try not to think about the huge picture and the huge aspect of it because it can get overwhelming.
"It's my job to go in there and be focused for those guys and make sure I'm helping them do the things that will help us win."
NBA superstar LeBron James, who helped inspire LA Lakers' win described the moment as 'beautiful.'
He added: "It's a beautiful thing just to hear her barking out calls, barking out sets.
"Congratulations to her and congratulations for our league."
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