Zach Randolph on Becky Hammon Possibly Being a HC: 'She Knows Basketball'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

Becky Hammon coaches the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph backed the possibility of San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon landing an NBA head coaching gig Tuesday.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, Randolph was complimentary of Hammon, saying, "If she knows basketball—and she knows basketball—I think she'll be fine."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that Hammon would interview for the Milwaukee Bucks' vacant head coaching position.

If Hammon is hired, she will become the first female head coach in NBA history.

Randolph played under a female assistant this season in Kings player development coach Jenny Boucek.

The two-time All-Star raved about Boucek, saying: "This was the first year we had a [female assistant coach]. This was my first year ever experiencing that, and it was a great experience...probably one of the best experiences."

Like Boucek, Hammon is a former WNBA player who transitioned into coaching men in the NBA.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hired Hammon as an assistant in 2014, and she has enjoyed success in that role. Most notably, Hammon acted as the head coach for the Spurs during the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League and led them to the title.

If the Bucks hire Hammon, she will inherit a team that pushed the second-seeded Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of the playoffs and boasts one of the NBA's brightest stars in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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