Spurs hire Becky Hammon as assistant coach and make NBA history

The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff.

The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Hammon plans to retire from the San Antonio Silver Stars after this season.
— Associated Press

In this April 30, 2014 photo, San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon attends Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks in San Antonio. Gregg Popovich said that he believes Hammon and other women can cross over and coach men, even in the NBA. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this April 30, 2014 photo, San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon walks off the court following Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in San Antonio. Gregg Popovich believes Hammon and other women can cross over and coach men, even in the NBA. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this April 30, 2014 photo, San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon, left, attends Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Spurs and Dallas Mavericks in San Antonio. Gregg Popovich said that he believes Hammon and other women can cross over and coach men, even in the NBA. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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San Antonio Silver Stars' Becky Hammon, top, battles for the ball with Phoenix Mercury's Krystal Thomas in the second half of a WNBA basketball game on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Bonner leads Mercury past Silver Stars

San Antonio Silver Stars' Becky Hammon, center, is trapped by Phoenix Mercury's Alexis Hornbuckle, left, and Samantha Prahalis, back, in the first half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Olympics Day 15 - Basketball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Becky Hammon #9 of Russia reacts dejected after they lost 83-74 against Australia during the Women's Basketball Bronze Medal game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 15 - Basketball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Becky Hammon #9 of Russia drives for a shot attempt against Abby Bishop #7 of Australia during the Women's Basketball Bronze Medal game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Russian guard Becky Hammon jumps for the

Russian guard Becky Hammon jumps for the ball during the London 2012 Olympic Games women's bronze medal basketball game between Australia and Russia at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO /TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages

Olympics Day 5 - Basketball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Becky Hammon #9 of Russia huddles up with teammates before the Women's Basketball Preliminary Round match against Great Britain on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 5 - Basketball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Becky Hammon #9 of Russia reacts after hitting a three point shot against Great Britain during the Women's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

San Antonio Silver Stars v Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 20: Becky Hammon #25 and Tully Bevilaqua #41 of the San Antonio Silver Stars walk back to their bench during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on August 20, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Silver Stars 87-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)