Hammon will become the first woman to coach a summer league team, just a year after Natalie Nakase served as assistant coach with the Clippers. She will also be an assistant to video coordinator Will Hardy, who will be head coach in the Utah summer league.
The Spurs typically send their inexperienced coaches to practice their skills during summer league. Ettore Messina and James Borrego don't need to and Ime Udoka coached last year, so it's nor surprising to see Hammon get a crack at it. It's still a big deal that a woman is getting the opportunity, simply because it hasn't happened in the past and NBA coaching is a male dominated field. Hammon is just the first full time female assistant coach in league history.
"I'm excited," Hammon told the Express-News. "I think it will give me a chance to grow as a coach. I want to work on getting our guys better. It's got to be about them."
Spoken like a true Spur. Hammon obviously is taking the right approach to the situation and will be more worried about the Xs and Os that any glass ceilings being broken. But make no mistake, this is obviously a momentous occasion for women who want to one day have a chance to be a head coach in the NBA.