The San Antonio Spurs made NBA history this week by hiring the first female assistant coach in league history. Becky Hammon is finishing up her 16 year career in the WNBA and will begin work this coming season working with Gregg Popovich on scouting, game planning and practice. In a statement Popovich said " I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs". Hammon, who has played with the WNBA franchise in San Antonio, is a friend of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, so the transition might be easier than it would be for someone else, someplace else. Hammon says that although there will probably never be a female player in the NBA because of the strength factor..she believes that when it comes to mind things...like game-planning, coming up with offensive and defensive schemes and things like that there is no reason that a woman cant coach men. The Spurs would seem to be the best situation for this as well. They have long been on the cutting edge of trends in the NBA...using foreign born players for example. Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest coaches in league history and does nothing for effect. If he believes that Hammon is ready and can do the job...who are we to argue. Were it that way in every field of endeavor.
We have our own version of Becky Hammon here in Central Wisconsin. Dina Rasmussen has been coaching boys hockey at Wausau East since 2002 and doing an excellent job.
The Green Bay Packers seem to be back on the injury train. Don Barclay is the latest to fall and that could be a big one. Barclay is penciled in to be a back up at most of the offensive line positions.
Gerardo Parra is already paying dividends for the Milwaukee Brewers. He has made a number of great catches so far including last night. He also hit his first home run last night which broke a tie and led to a victory over the Giants. Expect to see him get more time...especially late in games..
Paul DeJong of the Woodchucks kept up his power surge last night in the Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison. He hit two home runs in front of a bevy of major league scouts. Power hitters in college baseball are getting fewer and fewer . You know he's on the radar of alot of major league teams.
Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)
Handle With Care-Traveling Wilburys (1988) the supergroup of George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan,Jeff Lynne & Roy Orbison went on tour on this date to push their first album which included this one
End Of The Line-Traveling Wilburys (1988) another track from the first album