NBA pres­i­dent ap­plauds ef­forts of woman coach

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

NE­WARK, N.J. — Adam Sil­ver has “no doubt” the NBA could see a day when Becky Ham­mon or another woman is a head coach. The com­mis­sioner said Wed­nes­day he had texted and emailed with Ham­mon while they were in Las Ve­gas, where she coached the Spurs to the Sum­mer League cham­pi­onship Mon­day night. He praised the San An­to­nio or­ga­ni­za­tion for hir­ing her last sea­son as the first full­time fe­male as­sis­tant in the NBA and putting her in charge of its en­try in the Ve­gas league. “No dif­fer­ent than for me in com­ing up in my ca­reer, un­less you’re given those op­por­tu­ni­ties, you’re never go­ing to show your abil­ity to be suc­cess­ful,” Sil­ver said. “So I’m enor­mously proud of her and I’m enor­mously proud of the play­ers who’ve quickly seen that she’s a top-notch coach and have been will­ing to fol­low her.”

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