Dec 31, 2020 - Sports

Spurs' Becky Hammon becomes first woman to direct NBA team

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon talks with Quinndary Weatherspoon #15 of the San Antonio Spurs against the Utah Jazz at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 07
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon with the Spurs' Quinndary Weatherspoon in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in August. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

San Antonio Spurs' Becky Hammon took over to direct the NBA team in Wednesday's 121-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, after head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected minutes before the end of the second quarter.

Why it matters: She's the first woman to serve as head coach during a regular-season NBA game. The former WNBA star player has been coaching with the Spurs since 2014, when she became the first female full-time assistant coach on a major U.S. pro-sports team. Hammon also coached their July exhibition game loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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