After coming close to coaching in Portland, even though she knew she was not the favorite, Becky Hammon is about to start her eighth season as Gregg Popovich’s assistant at Spurs.
Returning to ESPN on his summer and his attempt to take over from Terry Stotts to the Blazers, Hammon knows the difficulty of landing one of the 30 spots available in the NBA.
« There are 30 positions and they are really hard to get », notes the ancient legend of the WNBA. “And when I say 30 positions, they’re not all available so I’m actually talking about three to four spots. They are really very hard to obtain. «
« Please don’t hire me just to tick the boxes. » For me it’s the worst thing you can do. Hire me for my skills, my coaching or my human qualities »
Stopped in her project by the Blazers in the second interview, Becky Hammon does not want to benefit from preferential treatment to make history. « Please don’t hire me just to tick the boxes. » For me it’s the worst thing you can do. Hire me for my skills, my coaching or my human qualities. «
With this vision and her convictions, the tactician intends to change things, like Dawn Staley. » It is huge and important. You have to hire the best person. In the world of sports, half of the population is not chosen for their intelligence and skills. This is something that needs to change. «
However, the person does not allude to the Blazers. Despite the controversy surrounding Chauncey Billups, Hammon believes that Jody Allen’s franchise has done its recruiting job well. “I cannot speak for all of the world’s sports organizations. I can just tell you that their questions were legitimate. When you reach this level, you need to hire the best person for the job and the one who best fits your structure. «