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Bob's Blog: Historic Hiring in Hammon

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 10:59 PM CDT
Becky Hammon will not sit on the bench with the Spurs as an assistant coach - she'll sit right behind it.  Where she belongs.Back in the summer of 2005 the Spurs signed another assistant coach - one of the few teams in the league to make this particular position a priority.  Chip Engelland has since spent 10 years as a shooting coach for the Spurs - not sitting on the bench, but right behind it, helping players make in-game adjustments - and most notably on his arrival - helping Tony Parker's jumper get great.
Today - the Spurs signed another assistant coach - the only team in the history of the league to make "her" a particular priority.

Becky Hammon isn't getting a job as a PR move or ploy - pretty obvious the Spurs don't need that.  The Spurs hired Hammon because of her basketball mind.  

The NBA has stayed at the forefront of making women a priority in their league.  Maybe part of it is because they play the exact same game at the same level, unlike football or baseball.  But maybe it's also because they're just really good at what they do.  That's not so hard to believe, is it?

The Pacers signed Ann Myers in 1979.  A first.  The league assigned Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner as referees in 1997.  A first.  The NBA's D-League Texas Legends hired Nancy Leiberman as head coach.  A first.  Heck - the NBA players association just hired an executive director in Michele Roberts.  A first.
The league is ahead of the game - and the Spurs are ahead of the league.
The hiring of Becky Hammon is just more proof of that.  Becky Hammon will not sit on the bench with the Spurs as an assistant coach - she'll sit right behind it.  Where she belongs.  Just ask Chip Engelland.  He's been there for ten years - and it's a pretty incredible view.Bob's Blog: Historic Hiring in Hammon


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Scores & Schedules

September 16, 2014 07:09 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Monday's Games

Baltimore 5, Toronto 2

Tampa Bay 1, N.Y. Yankees 0

Kansas City 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Houston 3, Cleveland 1

Detroit 8, Minnesota 6

L.A. Angels 8, Seattle 1

Tuesday's Games

Toronto (Hutchison 10-11) at Baltimore (U.Jimenez 4-9), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 3-4) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 10-12), 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Bassitt 0-1) at Kansas City (Hendriks 1-2), 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Kluber 15-9) at Houston (Tropeano 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Porcello 15-11) at Minnesota (Nolasco 5-11), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Elias 10-12) at L.A. Angels (Cor.Rasmus 3-1), 10:05 p.m.

Texas (Tepesch 4-10) at Oakland (Kazmir 14-8), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Monday's Games

Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 5

Washington 4, Atlanta 2

Chicago Cubs 1, Cincinnati 0

L.A. Dodgers 11, Colorado 3

Arizona 6, San Francisco 2

San Diego 1, Philadelphia 0

Tuesday's Games

Miami (Eovaldi 6-11) at N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 13-12), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (Roark 13-10) at Atlanta (Harang 11-10), 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati (Cueto 18-8) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 8-5), 8:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 16-10) at St. Louis (Lynn 15-9), 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 13-10) at Colorado (Matzek 5-10), 8:40 p.m.

San Francisco (Peavy 5-4) at Arizona (Collmenter 10-7), 9:40 p.m.

Philadelphia (A.Burnett 8-16) at San Diego (Kennedy 10-13), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Boston (Ranaudo 3-2) at Pittsburgh (Morton 5-12), 7:05 p.m.

NFL

Thursday's Game

Baltimore 26, Pittsburgh 6

Sunday's Games

Dallas 26, Tennessee 10

New England 30, Minnesota 7

Buffalo 29, Miami 10

Washington 41, Jacksonville 10

Arizona 25, N.Y. Giants 14

Cleveland 26, New Orleans 24

Cincinnati 24, Atlanta 10

Carolina 24, Detroit 7

San Diego 30, Seattle 21

St. Louis 19, Tampa Bay 17

Houston 30, Oakland 14

Denver 24, Kansas City 17

Green Bay 31, N.Y. Jets 24

Chicago 28, San Francisco 20

Monday's Game

Philadelphia 30, Indianapolis 27

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