Becky Hammon Will Coach Spurs Summer League Team in Las Vegas

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 3, 2015

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San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is getting a shot in the big chair, as she will be head coach for the franchise's summer league team in Las Vegas. 

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reported the news of Hammon's summer gig on Friday. 

Hammon continues to break barriers for women in the professional coaching ranks. She became the first full-time paid female coach in NBA history when Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hired her as an assistant last August. 

In March, Hammon told George Willis of the New York Post that she wasn't necessarily trying to use this gig as a stepping stone.

“I’m in a space where I want to keep learning,” Hammon said. “I’m learning from a really intelligent human being, not just in basketball, but in life. I want to continue to learn. I’ll make those decisions as they come. But I’m really happy where I am.”

Even though Hammon sounds content with what she's doing for the Spurs, it would be hard not to look at this opportunity over the summer as a chance for teams around the league to see what she can do leading a group. 

That may be years down the road, but at least Hammon's journey continues to expand in new and exciting ways. She's proven to be a great basketball mind, dating back to her playing days in the WNBA, and will get another chance to show her skills in the Las Vegas Summer League.  

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