WNBA’s Cappie Pondexter on Becky Hammon, Milwaukee Bucks: ‘Basketball isn’t about a gender’

Becky Hammon

Cappie Pondexter checked in with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson & Scoop B Radio and discussed Becky Hammon & more.  Press Play Below To Listen! 

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammon became the NBA’s first female assistant coach.

Guess what?

She’ll also become the first woman to interview for a head coaching job in the NBA.

Over the weekend, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Milwaukee Bucks plan to interview the Spurs assistant coach, following the Bucks’ first round playoff exit.

Hammon is no stranger to being a first. The 16 year WNBA vet and six-time WNBA all-star coached the Spurs’ summer league team in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League and guided them to a championship in 2015.

One person who is on board with Hammon breaking equality walls down and becoming a head coach is Los Angeles Sparks guard, Cappie Pondexter.

I mean the foundation is definitely set,” Cappie Pondexter told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“Basketball isn’t about a gender.”

Becky Hammon #25 of the San Antonio Silver Stars drives to the basket past Cappie Pondexter #23 of the Phoenix Mercury during the WNBA game at US Airways Center on August 13, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Mercury defeated the Silver Stars 95-83.
(Aug. 12, 2009 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

A two-time WNBA champion, in 2016, Pondexter was named in the WNBA’s Top 20 @ 20, a list of the top 20 players of all-time in the WNBA in celebration of the league’s twentieth anniversary. The

A 7-time WNBA All-Star, Pondexter respects Hammon’s body of work.

“Becky Hammon has a unique position and I think if we were to see any woman be a coach it would be her,” she said.

“And I don’t think anybody is more deserving than her because she kind of laid that foundation for us to be able to jump into the men’s game and she’s done a great job at being professional. It has to be hard being in the locker room around those guys all the time, you know what I mean? And being able to be a true professional says a lot about her and that organization. So, I’m excited for the future of the game, not just on the men’s side but the woman’s side, as well. I think we’re growing our game and I think that’s the most important part.”  

So if not Becky Hammon as the first woman to become head coach of an NBA team, then who?

“You’ve got Nancy Lieberman out there,you have an array of people that want to coach.” said Pondexter.

“If any woman wants to coach in the NBA, hey go for it. I think it can happen and there is no better time than right now, because this is the year of woman. Hey I support, I believe in equality wholeheartedly and yeah, I would love to see that happen.”


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