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Becky Hammon to coach Spurs in summer league

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Two

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Assistant coaches Jim Boylen and Becky Hammon before a game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Becky Hammon made history when the Spurs hired her last year as the NBA’s first full-time assistant coach.

Now, she’ll get another chance to expand her influence.

Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News:

Coaching summer league is a good opportunity for any assistant coach, but I think it’s particularly important here.

It’s one thing to have a female assistant coach, and the Spurs seemingly got on board with that last season. It’s another to have a female head coach running the show, even in the summer league. I expect no resistance from San Antonio’s summer league players, but this will be an adjustment – for everyone she coaches and everyone who watches her coach.

The sooner we normalize the NBA having female coaches, the better. Women coaches deserve an opportunity to advance in the field on their merits.

This is a good step in the right direction.