Spurs hire WNBA all star as asst. coach

Lisa Leslie, Becky Hammon

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — Becky Hammon, a 16-year veteran of the WNBA, is moving to the NBA as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, the franchise announced Tuesday.

Hammon, who will retire from the WNBA at the conclusion of the 2014 season, is no stranger to San Antonio. She’s spent the past eight seasons with the city’s WNBA franchise the Stars.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

This story originally stated Hammon would become the first female assistant coach in the NBA. She will become the second. The Cavaliers hired Lisa Boyer in 2001.

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