Becky Hammon isn’t bitter about not getting the job as head coach of the Path Blazers, however she’s prepared for a extra distinguished function within the league.
In an interview with CNBC on Saturday, the six-time WNBA All-Star opened up about not getting the job in Portland, for which she was a finalist and would’ve made her the primary feminine head coach within the NBA. She mentioned she is now targeted on taking the subsequent steps in her profession. Hammon, who’s the primary feminine full-time assistant coach within the league with the Spurs, additionally identified that the expertise gave her a better understanding of the hiring course of.
“I’m not mad,” the 44-year-old mentioned. “That is the enterprise, and it’s a really aggressive enterprise. However, on the finish of the day, throw all the things out the window — if you wish to rent me, you’ll discover a purpose to rent me. And when you don’t need to rent me, you’ll discover that purpose, too. And that’s simply that.”
The Path Blazers in the end employed Chauncey Billups, an NBA championship-winning guard who has a relationship with Portland common supervisor Neil Olshey. Throughout Billups’ introductory press convention final month, Olshey mentioned Hammon coming as shut as she did was an “endorsement to only how far she’s come and the way shut she is to being a head coach.”
“We completely admire Becky,” Olshey mentioned. “She did a fantastic job. Clearly, making it so far as the possession degree of an interview course of isn’t simple.”
Olshey additionally needed to defend his choice to rent Billups, who had rape allegations from 1997 resurface and immediate important backlash towards the Path Blazers. There have been swirling rumors that the staff interviewed Hammon as a type of harm management. Regardless of the case, Hammon desires to take this expertise and use it to assist her the subsequent time a chance comes round.
“I take every expertise, and I attempt to develop from it, and study from it, and get higher for the subsequent time,” Hammon mentioned. “If folks must justify a purpose to why they did or didn’t rent me, it’s slightly out of my realm of management. I simply attempt to do the most effective I can within the second I’m given.”