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Aug 5, 2014 1:51 PM by AP

San Antonio Spurs hire the NBA's first female coach Becky Hammon

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff. The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Hammon plans to retire from the San Antonio Silver Stars after this season.

Hammon spent some time around the Spurs during last season's run to the championship, and coach Gregg Popovich says she made a strong impression. Popovich says he's "confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."

It's the latest trailblazing move for the Spurs, who hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina to join Popovich's staff earlier this summer.

PHOTO (AP File, Eric Gay, 4-30-2014): San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon walks off the court following Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in San Antonio.

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