Becky Hammon, San Antonio Spurs assistant, to interview for Milwaukee Bucks opening


The Milwaukee Bucks plan to interview San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon for the franchise’s head coach opening, league sources told ESPN.

Hammon is the NBA’s first female assistant coach, and now will be the first to interview for a head coaching job in the league. Hammon isn’t considered a frontline candidate on a Bucks list that included at least 10 possible candidates, but Milwaukee ownership and general manager Jon Horst were intrigued enough to ask the Spurs for permission to speak with her.

The Bucks met with Hammon in 2017 about the team’s GM vacancy, despite the fact that she had no front office experience.

The Bucks are meeting with Spurs assistant Ettore Messina on Saturday, and former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford and former New Orleans coach Monty Williams next week, league sources said. Former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer will also meet.

Hammon, 41, is the fourth Spurs assistant to interview for head coaching openings this spring. Messina, James Borrego and Ime Udoka have interviewed for several openings.

Hammon coached the Spurs’ summer league team to a Las Vegas summer league championships in 2015. She was a six-time All-Star in her 16-year WNBA playing career, retiring in 2014 to accept her San Antonio assistant coaching job under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

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