Last August, former WNBA star Becky Hammon made history as the first woman to become a full-time assistant coach in the NBA.
Earlier this month, she was named the first woman to ever coach an NBA summer league team.
And on Monday, Hammon led the summer league San Antonio Spurs to a 93-90 win over Phoenix to capture to the third ever Las Vegas Summer League title.
The win was the first for the Spurs and the first time a women’s coach had led an NBA team to a championship at any level.
“You never know what your journey has in store,” Hammon told Sports Illustrated. “You just work hard and keep your nose to the grind. You do things the right way, you treat people the right way and good things happen.”
After a wild free agency period, players were officially allowed to sign with new teams last week. As usual, many clubs were able to re-sign their free agents. Most notably, the Clippers retained big man DeAndre Jordan and Chicago held onto shooting guard Jimmy Butler.
But there were a few of moves that could change the entire NBA landscape. Here’s a look at the familiar faces who are now in new places.
The 2015 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In all, 60 different players heard their name called and two dozen walked across the stage to shake hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum.
Now the anticipation is over and the real work begins. Each team hopes the new addition to its roster will be the missing piece to a championship puzzle.
Here’s a look at the biggest winners of the draft.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
The Timberwolves went for the freshman center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was picked first last year by Cleveland and later dealt to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade.
"I'm going to go in right away and be as versatile as I can be," Towns said. "That's the one thing I want Timberwolves fans to know, is I'm coming with a winning attitude, and I want to win, I don't want individual success."
The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For college basketball fans, it’s a time to see former stars move on to the next level. For NBA fans, it is a step toward the future.
Especially in recent years, the draft has become a spectacle for fans of all leanings. Whether or not your favorite team is on the clock, there is something to watch.
Here’s a quick look at things to watch during the 2015 NBA Draft.
Later today, 60 dreams of becoming a pro basketball player will be realized at the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But while fans get to see the finished products walk on stage, hundreds of hours of preparation goes into making dreams a reality.
Most potential first-round picks declare for the NBA draft in April. That gives them only two short months until the NBA draft on June 25. In that time, players have to transition from being regular college students to professionals.
“The process is crazy,” former Arkansas big man Bobby Portis said. “I’ve never been away from my mom or outside of Arkansas this long. I just have to remember, every kid doesn’t get to experience this.”
The top NBA prospects gathered in Manhattan today to speak with the media ahead of tomorrow night’s draft. But for many of the soon-to-be-pros, the event doubled as a high-profile reunion between former teammates, old friends, and long-time rivals.
Here’s what a few of the future NBA-ers had to say about each other:
Justise Winslow (Duke, forward) on Jahlil Okafor (Duke, center):
“Over the past four or so years, getting to know him, getting really close with him, Team USA and then you go to Duke and become brothers, become champions… It’s just been fun, having someone with a very common experience as you coming through the same situation and going through the same experience. It makes it a lot easier, just having someone that you know so well here.