Becky Hammon has already made history multiple times, whether it was becoming the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, the first female NBA Summer League Head Coach, or the first female assistant coach in NBA All-Star game history.
Now the 40-year-old San Antonio Spurs’ assistant is trying to make history once again by becoming the first female NBA general manager in history.
In classic Woj-Bomb fashion, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news that Hammon is in consideration in the Milwaukee Bucks’ GM search. Woj broke the news when he also wrote that assistant GM Justin Zanik is prepping the organization for the draft while the Bucks’ leadership searches for a permanent GM.
Along with Hammon, Milwaukee is also looking at Portland Trail Blazers assistant GM Bill Branch, Miami Heat assistant GM Adam Simon, and Detroit Pistons assistant GM Pat Garrity, according to The Vertical.
Hammon has no front-office experience and her only NBA experience is as an assistant coach for the Spurs and Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Meanwhile Branch has been in Portland’s front office since 2010, Simon has worked in Miami’s front office through their three runs, and Garrity played in the league for 10 years and has been working in Detroit’s front office since 2014.
The Bucks are speaking to the following people as well: Indiana VP of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie, Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Memphis Grizzlies VP of player personnel Ed Stefanski, and Atlanta Hawks special adviser to ownership Wes Wilcox.
If Hammon manages to get the job, she would not only be the first GM in NBA history, but also in American pro sports.