Via Becky Hammon Was Born To Coach, Kate Fagan, ESPNW

Veteran WNBA player Becky Hammon is joining the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs‘ coaching staff.

The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not revealed.

Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced July 23 that she would retire as a player at the end of the 2014 season.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”

Reaction from Nancy Lieberman, who coached the Texas Legends in the D-League:

“A glorious day for the NBA and an awesome day for women,” she said. “The NBA has always been a leader in diversity and opportunity.

“I’m so proud of Becky, she’s put in the work. The Spurs are not a bells and whistles organization, they didn’t do this for PR. They did it because they believe she is the best person for the job. Pop did it because it strengthens his coaching staff.

The road ahead:

In the coming days, people will talk about what it means that the NBA now has a female assistant coach. They’ll wonder if the players will give respect to a woman, if they’ll scoff at her advice because she’s never played above the rim, if they’ll dismiss her scouting report because she doesn’t know what it really feels like to try to guard LeBron James.

These are the things that will be talked about by people who aren’t in the gym with the Spurs. Because I’m sure the people in the gym with the Spurs know one thing, very clearly, and it’s the same thing everyone who has ever been around Hammon knows. She was always going to be a coach. So why not start at the highest level?

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