Spurs in mix to sign John Collins; Dejounte Murray’s cryptic tweet about trade rumors; Pop sounds off on reporter amid Team USA struggles
Whew, what a week this was for everything Spurs. From Coach Pop sounding off on a reporter after Team USA’s struggles to Dejounte Murray’s apparent displeasure with his name in trade rumors, there’s been no shortage of news when it comes to the Silver and Black. Welcome to this week’s KSAT.com Spurs newsletter.
Latest Ben Simmons trade rumors; Portland owner wants Hammon; Austin billionaire joins Spurs investor group
It’s been a busy week for the Spurs. They have surfaced as possible trade partners for Ben Simmons, Becky Hammon may be headed to the Pacific Northwest and there was a shakeup in the structure of the franchise’s investor group. Welcome to this week’s KSAT.com Spurs newsletter.
Becky Hammon interviewing with NBA teams; Spurs free agency rumors; Barkley’s shaming of San Antonio women might stop
The Spurs may not be in the playoffs, but there is still a ton of Silver and Black-related news and notes. Yes, some of it includes Charles Barkley and Kawhi Leonard. Welcome to this week’s KSAT.com Spurs newsletter.
‘Education theater’ is more prized than actual education. Stop dumbing down schools.
In both Kentucky and in the rest of the United States, we are dumbing down education in a way that may be irreparable for generations to come. I grew up in an era where grades held merit. In that time, when a student had a straight A report card, it was accepted that those grades correlated with the positive aptitude, attitude, and discipline of an individual.news.yahoo.com
Becky Hammon’s trailblazing journey from South Dakota to San Antonio Spurs
SAN ANTONIO – The moment was years in the making and all Becky Hammon wanted to talk about was the final result of a regular-season NBA game in late December. “The moment for me was just trying to come up with stuff to help us win the game,” Hammon said. They see her as a leader and simply as Coach Hammon. “One of the reasons why I decided to take the job was because I was going to inherit Becky Hammon,” said Collen. I’ve been in San Antonio, part of the Spurs organization with the Stars and everything for 13 years,” said Hammon.
Spurs players honor women’s greats, NCAA tournament in San Antonio with iconic jerseys
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs players honored some of the greatest women’s college basketball players on Monday evening before their game against the Charlotte Hornets. Patty Mills honored his wife, Alyssa Levesque Mills, who played at St. Mary’s College. March Madness is in San Antonio so you know our guys had to rep 🔥 pic.twitter.com/napskp5OgD — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 22, 2021“It was a good little touch obviously with the women’s NCAA March Madness here in San Antonio. AdMills said he had to get his wife’s jersey flown into San Antonio. The 2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament in San Antonio runs through early April.
Hornets top Spurs 100-97 in first game since Ball’s injury
San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson (3) attempts to steal the ball from Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 22, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Terry Rozier added 24 and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-97 on Monday night in their first game since losing LaMelo Ball to injury. The Spurs tied the game at 93 with 1:45 remaining following a 3-pointer by White and a three-point play by DeRozan. The Hornets were fifth in the league in fast-break points at 15.1 per game but were held to five against the Spurs. Spurs: San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray arrived wearing Becky Hammon’s Colorado State jersey complete with her surname and No.
Spurs assistant Becky Hammon speaks out on ‘gross’ inequalities between NCAA men and women
SAN ANTONIO – Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon does not post on social media very often but shared her thoughts on some of the NCAA men and women inequalities that were exposed late last week. ESPN shared photos over the weekend of the new weight room for the women’s teams in San Antonio. A look at the new weight room in San Antonio. #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/n85mu4DN8e — espnW (@espnW) March 20, 2021The NCAA also added that San Antonio was not to blame for the oversight. Hammon, who played collegiately at Colorado State, commended the women’s players and coaches who spoke out on the disparities.
Liz Mills takes big step for female basketball coaches
Kenya national men's basketball team head coach Liz Mills, center-right, poses with assistant coach Sadat Gaya, center-left, for a photograph with the team at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Courtesy of Liz Mills)CAPE TOWN – Liz Mills’ decision to look more professional when coaching basketball games by wearing high-heeled leather boots instead of sneakers was somehow seen as provocation. She'll make history as the first female head coach at the tournament in August. “I’m the head coach,” Mills responded. "It's easy, it's coach or coach Liz.
San Antonio's mural celebrating Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has been painted over
click to enlarge Courtesy of Indigenous Media (IM)After receiving national media attention last fall, San Antonio's mural celebrating Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is already gone. The mural, located at 7718 Broadway in Lincoln Heights, was also the subject of a short film by 60 Second Docs. click to enlarge Cassandra YardeniThe building at 7718 Broadway briefly featured a mural celebrating Becky Hammon. One of the groups, Eyeful Art, did a great job with the mural and fulfilling their obligations. We had a good experience with Eyeful Art and would highly recommend them to anyone else looking to have a mural painted."sacurrent.com
13 inspiring Texas women who reshaped U.S. history
These Texas women were trailblazers in turning society on its head — and they raised hell by doing so. This Women’s History Month, KSAT is highlighting 13 iconic women of Texas who helped change the course of history, either in businesses, politics or everyday life. She campaigned again for Texas governor in 1932 and defeated the Republican nominee, Orville Bullington , that November. Ma Ferguson was the first female Governor of Texas and the second female Governor elected in the United States. (UTSA Special Collections San Antonio Light collection)Becky Hammon: The NBA coach and former WNBA star has been an honorary Texan since 2007, when she began playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Spurs end 4-game home skid, top short-handed Rockets 103-91
Kenyon Martin Jr. #6 of the Houston Rockets drives for two over Jakob Poeltl #25 of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on January 14, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio couldn't match the intensity of the short-handed Houston Rockets for three quarters, yet a strong finish by the Spurs was enough to snap a four-game home losing streak. “We played our best defense in the fourth quarter,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. He had 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes during Houston’s 109-103 victory on Thursday. Spurs: Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon remains out, along with reserve center Drew Eubanks, due to the league’s health and safety protocols.
Spurs’ Becky Hammon one of two staffers not with team due to NBA health protocols
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon leads the team in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich confirmed on Saturday evening that assistant coach Becky Hammon was not currently with the team due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Hammon, another team staff member and backup forward Drew Eubanks are all under the league’s safety protocols, Popovich said. The Spurs head coach could not say directly if the three have tested positive for COVID-19, but he believed they would be quarantined for 14 days as per league regulations. READ MORE: Hammon become first woman to coach NBA team
Becky Hammon becomes first woman to coach NBA team
Becky Hammon would have preferred a victory over history after becoming the first woman to coach an NBA team. The assistant coach took over the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. San Antonio Spurs coach Becky Hammon questions a call from official Derek Richardson (63) in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at AT&T on Dec 30, 2020. "Well deserved," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. A recently unveiled mural in San Antonio pays homage to her trailblazing career.cbsnews.com
Hammon first woman to direct NBA team; Lakers beat Spurs
Hammon became the first woman to direct an NBA team, taking over the Spurs after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to the Lakers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Becky Hammon would have preferred a victory over history after becoming the first woman to direct an NBA team. The Lakers took their first double-digit lead at 35-25 on Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter. Lakers coach Frank Vogel did not elaborate on Caruso’s status. Spurs: Popovich said the Spurs will monitor Aldridge’s knee soreness on a day-to-day basis.
Spurs' Becky Hammon first woman to direct NBA team
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks to assistant coaches Becky Hammon, center, and Will Hardy during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 119-114. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – Becky Hammon became the first woman to direct a team in NBA history, taking over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers following Gregg Popovich’s ejection in the first half. Hammon took over the team's huddles during timeouts and walked the sideline following Popovich’s ejection. A three-time All-American at Colorado State, Hammon played for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars in the WNBA as well as overseas before retiring to join Popovich’s staff in 2014.
The Latest: Pittsburgh-Duke men's basketball postponed
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the Pittsburgh-Duke men’s basketball game scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues. ___Syracuse's women’s basketball game against North Carolina scheduled for Thursday has been postponed. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution after confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test within the Syracuse program announced on Sunday. ___Vanderbilt women’s basketball has postponed the first three Southeastern Conference games of the league schedule as it deals with positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and quarantines. The Spurs announced Monday that their home games will remain without fans for now.
San Antonio's new Becky Hammon mural the subject of forthcoming film from 60 Second Docs
It also shows a young girl wearing Hammon's now-retired San Antonio Stars jersey looking up at her hero, who towers above the San Antonio skyline.Painted in one night by French American artist Sebastien "Mr. D1987" Boileau, the mural is the subject of a new movie from short-film series 60 Second Docs , slated for release later this month. He likened it to working on "play-off time, with his back against the wall," according to a written statement. "A vibrant artistic city, San Antonio makes no qualms about celebrating its icons, as evidenced by the murals of Spurs stars, past and present," Boileau said. Beyond that, Becky’s a trailblazer — a beam of light showing all of us what’s possible and paving the way for the young women of the future. "Hammon herself got in on the action this weekend, posing for a photo next to the mural:For details on the upcoming film, follow 60 Second Docs on Instagram Twitter or Facebooksacurrent.com
Spurs’ Becky Hammon honored with mural north of downtown
SAN ANTONIO – Becky Hammon is a San Antonio icon and pioneer. Her image, like many other Spurs icons of the present and past, is now on a mural in the city. She is the second female assistant coach in NBA history and the first full-time female assistant in the league. Hammon was also the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major professional sports in North America. From Tim Duncan to Gregg Popovich, there are several murals honoring Spurs icons across the city.
Spurs players kneel, Coach Popovich stands for National Anthem
ORLANDO, Fla. Spurs players and part of the coaching staff took a knee on Friday night during the National Anthem to protest racial and social injustices across the country. Head coach Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Becky Hammon stood for the anthem. The Spurs made the demonstration with members of the Sacramento Kings ahead of the NBA restart for both teams in Orlando. Spurs players reveal social justice messages on jerseysBefore the game, Popovich said the players did not have a directive from the team and they were allowed to do what they felt was appropriate. #Spurs players kneel for National Anthem along with #Kings players ahead of #NBA restart game.
Hammon assumes head coaching role, Spurs drop first scrimmage to Bucks
ORLANDO – When the Spurs took the court in Orlando for their first NBA scrimmage Thursday afternoon, head coach Gregg Popovich was not the one calling the shots. Instead, as the NBA’s oldest active head coach donned a mask and rode the bench, as assistant coach Becky Hammon assumed head coaching duties against the Milwaukee Bucks. Becky Hammon coaching the Spurs today with Pop on the bench 📝 pic.twitter.com/ksSADvzrCA — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 23, 2020In the meantime, the Spurs came up short in their first test inside the NBA bubble. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 22 points in 21 minutes to pace the Bucks. San Antonio will return to action on Saturday, July 25 against Brooklyn at 3:30 p.m.MORE SPURS COVERAGE
Masked man: Spurs' Popovich wears face covering for game
Popovich was not serving as head coach for the game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It is unclear if Popovich will wear a mask for the entirety of the Spurs time at Disney. Popovich was the coach who spoke in the teams pregame news conference and followed NBA rules by wearing a mask in that availability. GIANNIS' FOULSBucks star and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had five first-half fouls in his team's scrimmage opener against San Antonio. The last time a player had five first-half fouls in an NBA game that counted was Dec. 7, 2013, when Utah's Mike Harris did it against Sacramento.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich denounces killing of George Floyd, joins NBA coaches committee on racial injustice
SAN ANTONIO Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has joined a committee of NBA coaches tasked to work with local and community leaders to find solutions on racial injustice and reform. The committee also includes Golden State Warriors head coach and former Spurs player Steve Kerr. "As NBA coaches -- both head and assistant coaches -- we lead groups of men, most of whom are African American, and we see, hear and share their feelings of disgust, frustration, helplessness and anger. As NBA coaches, we cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage. According to ESPN, the NBCA will begin discussions this week on how the committee can begin immediate action items across cities.
In Kobe Bryant's passing, the WNBA also lost a real 'advocate,' Becky Hammon says
It's not only the National Basketball Association that suffered a huge blow with Kobe Bryant's passing, but the women's game was also impacted by losing one of the sport's biggest ambassadors. In an interview with CNBC, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who played eight seasons in the WNBA, described Bryant as a "basketball fan" who "appreciated" the women's league. "The women's game lost a real advocate and someone who truly believed that women can do anything." "The belief that he had in his daughter, the belief that he had in women's basketball the appreciation he had for women's basketball, touched me, motivated me, inspired me." "Kobe, the man, trumps Kobe, the basketball player," Hammon said.cnbc.com
Coachs Corner: Cameron Hill
Photo by: Martina AlmeidaIn his seven seasons as head womens basketball coach, Cameron Hill has led the Tigers to four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) titles. What brought you back to Trinity as the womens coach after playing on the mens team? So we finished that incredibly successful year at Ursuline Academy, and that summer that position opened up here for head womens basketball coach. I mean every year there are more and more really great players coming out there. I mean, they have just done a great job making basketball better.trinitonian.com
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and Becky Hammon Shortlisted for 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The finalists will be announced in a press conference on Friday, February 14, 2020, and the official Class of 2020 inductees will be revealed during the NCAA Final Four in early April. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Fans Confused When Tim Duncan Steps Up as Head Coach, Not Becky Hammon, After Gregg Popovich Ejected During Spurs Game
Greg Simmons (@GregSimmonsKSAT) November 17, 2019The first woman to serve as a head coach of a USA mens professional sports league. Becky Hammon has now officially served as the first woman head coach in the NBA. #WomenInSport pic.twitter.com/sWmOpuSXEP Lindsey Darvin, Ph.D. (@DrLindseyDarvin) November 17, 2019Becky Hammon has taken over the San Antonio Spurs after Coach Pop ejected. pic.twitter.com/XbcvHAmnkx Ryan (@RyanMaue) November 17, 2019With Pops ejection, Becky Hammon becomes the first woman to serve as head coach of a mens team in four major sports, making history. Becky Hammon has been coaching 5 yrs and is Pop's lead assistant coach.sacurrent.com
Powerlifter Reading attends Battles Won Academy in D.C.
In May, Knippa High School powerlifter Tressa Reading was named a Semper-Fidelis All-American. King recounted the events Reading experienced during the four-day academy: On July 11, Reading arrived in Washington, D.C. She met her squad and went on a mini-tour that passed the White House. On July 13, Reading went to American University and trained with the Team USA wrestling team. Team USA put the All-Americans through a physical workout. Reading met inspirational athletes, such as Pittsburg Steelers running back James Conner; two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton; and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon.uvaldeleadernews.com
SPURS ANNOUNCE 2019 LAS VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER
SAN ANTONIO (July 4, 2019) - The San Antonio Spurs today announced their roster for the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League, which takes place from July 5-15 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. Helping the Spurs finish with a 2-1 record at the 2019 Utah Summer League?, Walker IV posted the third-best scoring average at the Utah Summer League by scoring 19.5 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field to go along with 7.5 rebounds. Johnson posted the Utah Summer League's highest scoring game with 29 points on 10-17 from the floor in the Spurs win against Memphis on July 2. Hammon previously guided the Spurs to the 2015 Summer League Championship. Complete coverage of the Spurs summer league action, including box scores, photos and game summaries, will be available at spurs.comsaobserver.com
Becky Hammon: 'There's people that have to ... see the potential there and really not care'
"We haven't had those conversations yet," Hammon said after Thursday's practice for the Spurs summer league participants. "My focus is on summer league." She is now about to start her sixth season as a Spurs assistant coach and -- one could argue at this point -- is Pop's number one assistant. The Boston Celtics on Thursday announced the hiring of Kara Lawson, a former WNBA player and broadcaster, as their new assistant coach. There's people that have to help along and see the potential there, and really not care what bathroom you walk into."
7/19: Bill Cosby testimony paints horrible picture of comic; Becky Hammon, first female NBA coach, earns respect
He was once considered "America's Dad," an enormously popular actor, comedian, and moralist; and history was made in the NBA this month when Becky Hammon was named head coach of the San Antonio Spurs summer league teamcbsnews.com