Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is set to take part in a second round of interviews for the Trail Blazers, marking the first time that a female candidate has emerged as a finalist for a vacant NBA head coaching position. On Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that Hammon and Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups would receive a follow-up interview.
Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Spurs assistant Becky Hammon are among candidates who’ll get second interviews for the Portland Trail Blazers head coaching job this week, sources tell ESPN.
Hammon, who has been a part of Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio since the 2014-15 season, also interviewed with the Orlando Magic.
A joint report from the Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick also highlighted Hammon’s advancement in the Blazers’ coaching search.
San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is a finalist for the Portland Trail Blazers’ head-coaching job, marking the first time a woman has gone into the final stages of an NBA coaching search, sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick.
Last week, the Blazers interviewed Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni, Hammon and Billups. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was also contacted by Portland.
In regards to the preference at the top of the Blazers’ organization, Sports Business Radio revealed that Jody Allen has signaled support for Hammon’s candidacy.
Reliable sources have told me that if Jody Allen has her way, Becky Hammon will be the next Head Coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Allen would very much like to be a "trail blazer" by hiring the first woman Head Coach in @NBA history (as well as @NFL, @MLB, @NHL). #NBA— SportsBusinessRadio (@SBRadio) June 21, 2021