Portland Trail Blazers, NBA: Becky Hammon will also reportedly interview with the Orlando Magic as she looks to become the first woman in NBA history to land a full-time head coaching position.
A week after mutually parting ways with head coach Terry Stotts, the Portland Trail Blazers have been linked with several big names to take over.
Stotts coached the Blazers since 2012, with a 402-318 regular-season record, making the playoffs for the last eight straight seasons, losing in the first round in four of the past five.
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According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, South Carolina/USA women’s head coach Dawn Staley, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups, Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni and San Antonio Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry are among the candidates for the job.
Billups is currently in his first year as an assistant with the Clippers, while D’Antoni, the most experienced of the group has spent the season on Steve Nash’s staff with the Brooklyn Nets after previously leading the Houston Rockets to the playoffs for four straight seasons.
Hammon, who has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2014 made history this season when she became the first woman to serve as an acting head coach in an NBA game after Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in December.
Spurs assistant Becky Hammon — who this season became the first woman to serve as head coach in an NBA game — will soon interview for the Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic head coaching jobs, sources said. https://t.co/BSXe6jt45J https://t.co/q7HlrKr2Fd
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 12, 2021
Per Charania, the six-time WNBA All-Star will also interview for the vacant Orlando Magic head coaching position after they parted ways with Steve Clifford.
Staley, a six-time WNBA All-Star, has coached the South Carolina Gamecocks for 13 years, winning a national championship in 2017 and reached the Final Four three times (2015, 2017, 2021), also serving as head coach of the USA women’s national team.
If either Staley or Hammon were to be appointed, it would be the first time in NBA history a woman has become a full-time head coach in the league.