Becky Hammon's success coaching Las Vegas Aces shows NBA teams what they missed | Opinion

Becky Hammon's success coaching Las Vegas Aces shows NBA teams what they missed | Opinion

The WNBA playoffs have practically been an infomercial for Becky Hammon’s brilliance as a head coach.

She has the Aces one win away from their first WNBA championship going after Tuesday night’s blowout of the Connecticut Sun. Her in-game decisions have been flawless – if you want to know how to run plays out of a timeout, go back and watch the end of Game 3 of the semifinals against the Seattle Storm – and no less than LeBron James has taken notice.

Impressive as Hammon has been, however, it raises a question: What the hell were the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic doing in passing her by? And what’s the excuse for all the other sad-sack NBA teams that didn’t even bring her in for an interview?

“I have not,” Aces owner Mark Davis told USA TODAY Sports when asked whether he’s heard from any jealous NBA owners. “But I’m sure they’re sitting there thinking, 'Hmm, why didn’t I think of that?’ ”

That’s the thing. Some of them did. All of them could have.

And not one of them was smart enough, or had guts enough, to make Hammon the first female head coach of a men’s team in a major professional sport.

Hammon spent seven years as an assistant to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and said the excuse she heard was that she lacked experience as a head coach. That didn’t stop the Trail Blazers from hiring Chauncey Billups, who’d had all of one year as an assistant, over Hammon. Or the Magic from hiring longtime Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley instead.  


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