Hammon mum on potential interest in Raptors' coaching gig

FILE - Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon stands on the field before of an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 in Las Vegas. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame made it all official on Saturday, April 1, 2023 with three of the NBAs all-time international greats Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker and Pau Gasol joining Dwyane Wade, Gregg Popovich and Hammon as the headliners of the 2023 class that will be enshrined on Aug. 11 and 12 at ceremonies in Connecticut and Massachusetts.(AP Photo/Abbie Parr, File) (Abbie Parr, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon did not comment directly Friday on a report that the Toronto Raptors have received permission to interview her for their vacant head coaching position.

Hammon spoke at the newly opened Aces facility, the first of its kind in the WNBA and one that closely resembles an NBA club facility.

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She chose not to comment on an ESPN report that the Raptors have inquired about her after firing Nick Nurse last week.

“Today is completely about how wonderful the Aces are, and I will keep all the focus (on them) because they deserve it,” Hammon said. “They earned it. This building has earned it. (Owner) Mark (Davis) has earned it. So I’m not commenting on anything about the boys. It’s all about the women.”

Hammon, who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August, led the Aces to the WNBA championship last year in her first season at the helm.

She's long been consider someone who might become the first female head coach in the NBA.

Hammon put in eight seasons as an assistant with San Antonio Spurs. Her highlights there included coaching the Spurs' Summer League team to the 2015 championship and becoming the first woman to take the lead chair in an NBA game when Gregg Popovich was ejected during a December 2020 game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

If Hammon remains in Las Vegas, she will oversee an Aces team that, along with the New York Liberty, have the WNBA's most talented rosters.

“My girls know I love them and I’m very proud and happy to be their coach,” Hammon said.


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