SAN ANTONIO — Channeling a bit of Gregg Popovich’s fake surliness, partner manager Becky Hammon shifted side to side Sunday in grey high heels, prepared to trip divided after a San Antonio Spurs degraded a Denver Nuggets 122-100.
“You’d never see me out here articulate to we guys,” Hammon joked.
But this time, she had no choice, as Hammon took over for Popovich as manager of a Spurs opposite a Nuggets and rubbed a coaching duties in a postgame news conference.
The muster feat over a Nuggets noted a initial time that Hammon coached a unchanging Spurs group in a preseason. Hammon served a past dual seasons as conduct manager of San Antonio’s summer joining team, that in 2015 prisoner a NBA Las Vegas Summer joining pretension with a six-time WNBA All-Star during a helm.
Hammon coached a initial half of Sunday’s game, while partner Will Hardy led a Spurs in a second half.
“It’s an extraordinary event for me,” Hammon said. “But we’re a training program, and that comes directly from [Popovich]. So for him to give us this event and a guys here a opposite voice, that’s what his [coaching] tree is kind of all about. It’s mentoring and bringing people along.”
It’s common during a preseason for Popovich to skip games and palm off coaching duties to his assistants. The Spurs degraded a Sacramento Kings 113-93 on Friday, with Popovich unresolved out in a stands with ubiquitous manager R.C. Bufford and tip partner Ettore Messina as partner manager Ime Udoka ran a show.
Against a Nuggets, Popovich again sat in a group box with Buford and Ettore as Hammon destined a squad, that was paced by a total 41 points from LaMarcus Aldridge (21) and Bryan Forbes (20), who connected on 4-of-5 from prolonged range.
Hammon assimilated San Antonio’s coaching staff in 2014, apropos a initial full-time paid womanlike partner on an NBA coaching staff, and final year a former WNBA ensure had her No. 25 jersey late by a San Antonio Stars.
Hammon is a Stars’ all-time personality in points per diversion (15.6), assists (1,133) and 3-point margin goals (829).
She will be inducted into a San Antonio Spurs Hall of Fame as partial of a 2018 class.
“For me, [assistant] Will Hardy, manager [James] Borrego and Ime [Udoka], it’s a good event to get out there, reason a clipboard and kind of be in a action,” Hammon pronounced as she shifted toward a doorway heading to a Spurs locker room.
“My feet hurt, though.”
Spurs partner manager Becky Hammon discusses heading a group during a initial half of Sunday’s diversion opposite a Nuggets and how Gregg Popovich focuses on teaching.