1st FT Female Asst. Coach in NBA Affects Spurs Betting Odds

David Lawrence

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 5:40 AM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 5:40 AM UTC

The Cleveland Cavs used to have a volunteer assistant coach who was female, but the Spurs have made history by hiring Becky Hammon full-time. What's this mean for San Antonio's betting odds?

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs hired the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA, bringing aboard Becky Hammon, currently a point guard for the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA. Hammon is about to retire effective at the end of the season. Once she finishes her playing career, she’ll move over to the Spurs’ bench as an assistant for the defending NBA champions, helping out Popovich as San Antonio tries to defend its title.


What This Means For The Spurs
In the bigger scheme of things, this move shouldn’t mean much for the Spurs. This organization is known for being steady and for being able to perform consistently no matter what else happens off the court or in other parts of the team’s operations. San Antonio is good at blocking out what other people think of the organization in bad times. The Spurs have remained a force in the NBA in Tim Duncan’s later years as a pro. The team has continued to improve itself all the way to an NBA championship. The stars continue to play long seasons, but rookies and backups and new arrivals from other teams all pick up the slack. Tony Parker is still going strong. Manu Ginobili is currently injured, but a lot people thought he was washed up after the 2013 NBA Finals. Having a female assistant coach won’t matter at all to the players. They’re just interested in getting better and defending their championship.


What This Means For The NBA
In the final analysis, this means a lot more to the NBA than to the Spurs, although San Antonio and Popovich will get a lot of very positive publicity in exchange for making this move. The Spurs have been seen as an organization that knows exactly what it’s doing and is often a step ahead of most other organizations in the NBA. This is only going to develop that view even more, but that’s all internal to the Spurs. The NBA stands to benefit from this move because its championship team has done something that will get a lot of admiration from other circles. You might now see other teams consider hiring qualified women as assistant coaches, which could really change the face of the league over the next 10 years or so.

What’s also true about this move is that the NBA, which has seen new commissioner Adam Silver steer the Los Angeles Clippers in a good direction, is now enjoying yet another public-relations boost because of Becky Hammon’s arrival as an NBA assistant. The NFL is dealing with a lot of negative events, and baseball is still dealing with the steroids mess as shown by news stories over the past few days. The NBA is on the rise.


How To Bet The News
It’s an interesting move by the Spurs who have relied upon shrewd decision making both in the front office and on the sidelines to stay ahead of the curve. It’s no coincidence that Gregg Popovich and company have been perennial championship contenders for the last 15 years.

As far as what this means for those placing NBA picks, it’s probably another tool to keep the Spurs sharp. If you’re expecting this team to fall off, moves like this send a bit of wakeup call to the team to clarify that they are not resting on their laurels. An outside mind who presents a fresh perspective, Hammon will help ensure this team doesn’t take a year off after winning a tital.

They’re at 4/1 to win the NBA Championship next year and this move – although appears minor – will probably help their cause a little bit.

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