SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Becky Hammon turned the primary girls to direct a crew in NBA historical past, taking up the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday evening towards the Los Angeles Lakers following Gregg Popovich’s ejection within the first half.
Popovich was ejected by official Tony Brown with 3:56 remaining within the second quarter. Popovich screamed at Brown and entered the court docket following a non-call on DeMar eRozan’s tried layup and a subsequent tried rebound by Drew Eubanks. Popovich was applauded as he exited the court docket by a number of of the crew’s relations that have been in attendance on the AT&T Heart.
Hammon took over the crew’s huddles throughout timeouts and walked the sideline following Popovich’s ejection. Hammon was the primary full-time feminine assistant coach in league historical past.
Tim Duncan took over final season when Popovich was ejected towards Portland on Nov. 16, 2019. The Corridor of Famer opted to not return as assistant this season.
A 3-time All-American at Colorado State, Hammon performed for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars within the WNBA in addition to abroad earlier than retiring to hitch Popovich’s employees in 2014.
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