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NBA giants appoint female assistant coach

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The reigning NBA champions San Antonio Spurs named long-time women's basketball star Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in league history.

Hammon, 37, is a six-time WNBA All-Star who has spent the last eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars, from which she will soon retire.

"I'm confident that her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit for the Spurs," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement.

There have been women head coaches in the NBA Development and summer leagues, and Lisa Boyer was a part-time member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff during the 2001-02 NBA season, according to the Spurs.

Named one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).

It is not the first high-profile switch Hammon has made - while playing for CSKA Moscow in the WNBA off-season, she courted controversy by taking up Russian nationality, representing her adopted country at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

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