Boston Celtics: Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon a Viable Candidate to Replace Brad Stevens as Head Coach?


The Boston Celtics have announced some major changes following the team’s exit in the NBA Playoffs to the Brooklyn Nets.  The Celtics announced on Wednesday morning that President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge will step down and retire from his position. 

Brad Stevens will now officially transition from the bench to the front office and become the new President of Basketball Operations. 

One of Stevens' first moves as the new man in change is to hire a brand new head coach.  There have been rumors already floating on social media that Jason Kidd and Lloyd Pierce are candidates per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

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There is another name that fans should get familiar with - Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon.  The former WBNA star was hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach in 2014.  At the time, she was the first female to be hired as a full-time coach in the NBA. 

Hammon is a well-regarded coach around the league and is expected to be a coveted coaching candidate.  During her time with the Spurs, Hammon has been able to work under one of the NBA great coaches in Gregg Popovich.  She has also built great relationships with players during her time in San Antonio. 

If Stevens hires Hammon, she will jump into a huge opportunity and have Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker on her roster.  The Celtics are expected to make player changes this offseason which means that trio might not still be together in the future. 

Popovich will turn 73 next season and it’s likely that the Spurs have their next coach waiting in the wings in Hammon.  If she is the heir to the Spurs job, then Stevens will have to look in another direction for a head coach. 

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Hammon has been waiting for an opportunity to become a head coach in the NBA.  When asked in the past about being a head coach in the NBA, Hammon said, "In some ways, I feel like it could be in a year.  In other ways, it could be 10 years.  I’m not really sure.  What I’m sure of is I’ll be ready.”

Stevens has spoken highly about Hammon in the past and has called her a “terrific candidate” to become a NBA head coach.  “I don’t know her well, but I know what people think about her and I know how well she is respected all across the league by the players & coaches.  I would hope that time is coming very soon,” said Stevens. 

The Celtics are expected to go through a throughout search for a new head coach.  The Boston Celtics are headed to another pivotal point in the franchises history.  Will Stevens hire Hammon as his first major move in Boston?  Only time will tell.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Celtics: Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon a Viable Candidate to Replace Brad Stevens as Head Coach?
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