Becky Hammon tried to freeze out the “large image” and give attention to the court docket in entrance of her as she turned the primary girl in NBA regular-season historical past to behave as head coach.
Former WNBA star Hammon stuffed in after San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected within the opening half of the conflict with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers got here by way of as 121-107 winners, with Hammon protecting all her vitality on the duty in hand quite than the history-making side of the night.
She stated afterwards: “Within the second I was simply making an attempt to win the sport.
“I strive not to consider the massive image and the massive side of it as a result of it might get overwhelming. It is my job to go in there and be centered for these guys and ensure I am serving to them do the issues that may assist us win.
“I actually haven’t had time to replicate. I have never checked out my telephone.”
Spurs guard Dejounte Murray saluted the influence 43-year-old Hammon has had on the group, and backed her to take the subsequent step ahead by in the end turning into a full-time head coach.
She joined the Spurs teaching employees in 2014, and Murray stated: “You have to tilt your head off to her.
“She’s been right here since I bought right here [in 2016]. I keep in mind watching her discuss to each single participant, whether or not a veteran dude or a younger dude, simply utilizing her voice and her information of the sport.
“I really like Becky to demise. She texts me on vacation, asks about my daughter, I ask about her children. I respect her. The longer term’s vivid for her.”
Murray would like to see Hammon lead an NBA group on a full-time foundation and considers it a sensible goal.
“I hope she sticks to it and does not hand over,” he stated. “In the future it’d occur, it could not occur, who is aware of? However she’s positively on the best street and I feel everybody right here appreciates her.
“She’s setting an instance for each girl on the market.
“It is actually as much as her. I feel she has the information. I assume she is aware of the sport rather well.
“If she needs it, I imagine she might do it. She’s passionate concerning the sport and keen about successful. She is aware of all the pieces about it.
“If she does or if she does not, I will love her the identical and respect her the identical.”