becky hammon

Sports teams' refusal to consider women has a long, sexist history, but it could be starting to change.
We’ll remember 2015 as the year women broke through.
Former WNBA player and coach Nancy Lieberman was hired this summer to help out during summer league with Sacramento Kings. Lieberman becomes the second woman hired as an assistant coach since Hammon was hired in 2014.
"It has nothing to do with gender when you’re talking about pick and rolls and X’s and O’s."
"We’re just saying, 'Scoot over a little bit. Make a little room at the table for the ladies.'"
Last season, Becky Hammon was the first woman to be named a full-time assistant coach to sit on a bench in the NBA. Now she has become the first woman to ever coach the NBA Summer League, leading her team to win the Summer League Championship.
Now is the first time that a woman has been named a coach in the National Basketball Association. This column addresses some significant women's accomplishments in sports that involve a ball: tennis, soccer, football, basketball and golf.
A compelling spectacle, sports promotes the cherished American ideal of intense competition on a level playing field where race nor gender matter.
What is most notable about this announcement though is the focus on her work ethic, skills, and successes as the new hire. Sure, every headline, including this one, focuses on her gender, but her gender is not the reason she was hired.
After playing in her 16th season in the WNBA, the 37-year-old will retire at the end of the 2014 campaign. Hammon, who played