SAN ANTONIO — Fresh off the rumors of Gregg Popovich potentially leaving San Antonio to coach another NBA franchise (don't worry, he's staying put for now), now Spurs fans will have their eyes on another coaching vacancy that could affect the Silver and Black.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Wednesday morning that the Indiana Pacers will be interviewing Becky Hammon as the Eastern Conference squad gets started on the early stages of a search for a new head coach.
Hammon, who in 2014 became the first full-time female assistant coach in the league, is one of "more than a dozen candidates" participating in the first round of virtual interviews, Wojnarowski reported.
And Hammon isn't the only member of Popovich's coaching staff to be considered; Will Hardy, who has been with the Spurs for about a decade, was also named in the ESPN report.
It's not the first time Hammon has been linked to open head coaching positions. In December, rumors swirled that she was interested in taking the head coaching role for the New York Knicks. During the 2018 offseason, Hammon interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching job. That position was ultimately filled by another former Spurs assistant, Mike Budenholzer.
Hammon played in the WNBA for 16 years, including eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars, before becoming a coach. She was listed as a nominee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year but didn't make the cut to become a finalist.