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August 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

WNBA star Becky Hammon becomes second female to coach in the NBA

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon San Antonio PG Becky Hammon continues to break barriers. On Tuesday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich named her to his staff as an assistant coach. Terms weren’t released but the move makes Hammon the second woman to serve as a coach during the regular-season in the history of the NBA. She’ll…


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April 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Brittney Griner to the NBA would be a difficult crossover

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for getting people to talk, whether it’s expressing animosity toward NBA officiating or backing support for the Sonics not to be relocated in 2008.

Cuban’s latest gem is contemplating using his second-round pick in June’s NBA draft to select Baylor star Brittney Griner. Maybe he’d even sign the 6-foot-8 center to play in the NBA summer league.

“Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it,” Cuban told this week. “You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”

Naturally, it sparked a debate over whether Griner could play in the NBA given her size and dominance of the NCAA women’s game. More than 13,000 people participated in an ESPN SportsNation poll about the topic.

Griner, who has an 88-inch wingspan, graduated as the NCAA Division I all-time leader in dunks (18) and blocks (748) and finished second in all-time scoring (3,283 points).

Yet the debate makes zero sense. Not because of some sexist stance or because women don’t need to prove they can play.


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