Monday, November 18, 2019

Fans Confused When Tim Duncan Steps Up as Head Coach, Not Becky Hammon, After Gregg Popovich Ejected During Spurs Game

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM

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When Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected during Saturday's game, it was assumed that the lead assistant coach would step up. That meant, in theory, Becky Hammon would take the reins from the sidelines.

Except, that's not what happened.

Hammon, a former WNBA player, became the first female to hold a full-time assistant coach in the NBA when she joined the Spurs. If the logic of the top assistant taking over in the absence of the head coach had held up, she would have been the first woman to serve as head coach of a major men's professional sports team in the U.S. — even if just for a while.

Although Hammon kept on doing her thing after Popovich was ejected during a foul call in the third quarter of the Spurs' matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, Pop later clarified that Hammon wasn't filling his shoes for the rest of the game.

Hammon led the coaches' huddles during timeouts following Popovich's ejection, while Tim Duncan, the longtime Spur who's in his first season as an assistant coach, consulted with players.

During a post-game conference, confused media asked Popovich to clarify who was the head coach for the rest of the game.

"Timmy was," he answered.

As for Hammon not being in the lead?
"I'm not here to make history," Popovich said.

That comes after folks on social media assumed during the game that history was in fact being made.
After Popovich clarified about Duncan taking charge, fans online seemed to have mixed reactions to Coach Pop's decision.
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