Becky Hammon is about to break another barrier.
The first female assistant coach in the NBA, a member of Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, is going to get to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching job, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. She is the first woman to get an NBA head coaching job interview.
Bucks management likes her — they interviewed her a year ago for the then-vacant GM job.
Good for both sides here. Hammon has been a well-respected coach in the San Antonio organization and there have been people in the league wondering when she would get a chance to interview somewhere.
The Bucks are casting a wide net with this search, including other Spurs assistants.
While the Bucks, like the Knicks, are going to talk to a lot of people they are expected to go with a veteran coach who knows how to install a defensive system and build a winning culture. Another former Spurs assistant turned head coach — Mike Budenholzer — is the name most mentioned around the league, especially now that the Knicks hired David Fizdale. There are a lot of coaches who want this job, with the team already having a top-five player in Giannis Antetokounmpo plus a solid supporting cast of guys such as Eric Bledsoe, Kris Middleton, and others.