Report: Pistons likely to consider Becky Hammon for head coach

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The Detroit Pistons are likely to consider San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon for their open head coaching vacancy, according to a report from the Detroit News. 

Hammon became the first woman ever to interview for a head-coaching position in the history of the NBA when she interviewed with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this month. 

From the Detroit News

"The Pistons aren’t looking for a woman to be their coach.... They’re looking for a coach.... That search likely will lead them to consider Becky Hammon, an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs since 2014.

That Hammon is a good coach only enhances her profile; that she’s poised to become the first female full-time head coach of a major sports team in North America certainly is notable.

Hammon, 41, is on the Pistons’ radar as they look to fill their coaching vacancy after parting ways with Stan Van Gundy last week. Hammon last week reportedly interviewed with the Milwaukee Bucks, who reached an agreement to hire Mike Budenholzer as their next coach Wednesday.

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Hammon’s name is one of the possible candidates mentioned for some of the three remaining vacancies for head NBA head coaches, with the Pistons, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors. Hammon coached the Spurs’ summer league team to the championship in 2015 and has fit well with Popovich’s mantra of a no-frills team concept, with no single player more important than the rest." 

Around the league, Hammon is viewed as a qualified candidate, regardless of her gender. 

“She is an interesting — and by all accounts, qualified — candidate,” a league source said, via the Detroit News. “She’s a legitimate candidate for a head-coaching job, alongside several other rising assistant coaches in the league.”

For what it's worth, current Pistons players don't sound like they would be bothered by having a female head coach - as long as she knows her stuff. 

“I’m not sure how others would receive it and I understand it may be a transition that would have its own challenges, but I just want the best person for the job,” Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson said, via the Detroit News

Forward Anthony Tolliver agreed. 

“I wouldn’t have an issue with it at all,” Tolliver said. It would take some getting used to at first but as long as she knows what she’s doing, guys would respond just fine."

Hammon has certainly won the respect of those that she works with in San Antonio. 

“Becky can do anything she wants,” Spurs coach Greg Popovich said in March, via the San Antonio Express News. “She’s earned the respect of everybody in our program, top to bottom... I really respect her knowledge and her way of doing things. So whatever she wants to do in her future, she’s a natural. She’s got it all.”

Considering her professional pedigree, the Pistons would certainly be well-served to consider Hammon for their coaching vacancy. But, even if Detroit goes in a different direction and Hammon doesn't get the job, it's clear that she has a very bright future in the league. 

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