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The NBA Could Soon Have Its First Female Head Coach

Becky Hammon and Gregg Popovich talking while coaching the Spurs.

Becky Hammon has only been an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs for five years, but there are many - including the team's head coach Gregg Popovich - who think she's ready to become a head coach in the NBA. When will that happen? It could be sooner than you think.

Hammon, who is 41 years old, played in the WNBA from 1999-2014, playing overseas during the offseason as well. She was a six-time All-Star and two-time All-WNBA First Team player.

Earlier this week, the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, reiterated that he believes she should be a candidate for one of the vacant head coaching jobs. The Knicks, Magic and Hornets currently need head coaches for the 2018-2019 season.

“I think she should be a candidate for any teams that do have openings. I know she has had some offers from some college positions and she’s elected to stay on the NBA track. If I were a team that needed an NBA coach, she would be on my list.”

Barbara Barker of Newsday thinks that at least one of those teams should be considering Hammon.

Popovich, too, believes Hammon should be getting looks. In an interview with The New Yorker, he said it would take a GM with "guts" to pull it off.

"It's going to take somebody who has some guts, some imagination, and is not driven by old standards and old forms." Popovich said. "If somebody is smart, it's actually a pretty good marketing deal — but it's not about that. It's got to be that she's competent, that she's ready."

Hammon's team, San Antonio, currently trails Golden State 3-0 in its first round series.