Transcript for Becky Hammon 'Just So Thankful' to Coach in NBA
Test Text1 plain And now to my one-on-one with Becky Hammon. Making an unprecedented move from playing in the wnba to coaching in the NBA. The first woman ever hired as a full-time NBA coach. I went to San Antonio to shoot hoops, Becky and talk about this historic transition. There's just no words I can say to all of you except for that I love you. From the bottom of my heart. Reporter: It was a night filled with emotion in Texas on Friday. This place rises as one. As Becky Hammon comes out of the game. Reporter: As basketball all-star Becky Hammon officially said good-bye to her 16-year wnba career. You got to let me go, mom, got to let me go. Reporter: And thanked her San Antonio stars teammates and fans for their unwavering support. You guys make it fun every day to come to work. Reporter: Her retirement made headlines in early August when she was hired as the first full-time female coach in NBA history, joining the San Antonio spurs. Women went before me to pave that trail. Reporter: She is destined or a coach. She's already the leader out there. She was prepared for this long before there was a wnba to even aspire to. Reporter: I caught up with Becky to shoot hoops and chat about her coaching role that came directly from coach Popovich. I get this Cal from coach pop. Seriously? Seriously? Reporter: You have said the players know when somebody knows basketball. Your iq is brought up a great deal. You feel very confident and comfortable in that regard? I do. I feel like I've had 20 years of experience at a high level. And a pick and roll in the women's game it a pick and roll in the men's game. Character, working for each other, trusting your teammates. That's universal. Reporter: The locker room question has come up with you. Have you all addressed that at all, how that will be handled? I think it's silly. I have been coached by men the majority of my career. It's never been an issue. They have never walked in on us. I think it's a non-issue. Reporter: I was touched how emotional you became last night when talking about your folks and how you were very fortunate to be in such a supportive household. You got to pick up the phone and say, hey, dad, I'm coaching in the NBA. What was that like? It was a neat phone call when I got to call them and tell them T the opportunity that was sitting in front of me. Oh, she wants to get that out. Reporter: Becky hope her story inspires others to dream big. You are going to give so many others hope. Are you sending that message? It's not that I set out to say I'm going to be the first assistant coach in the NBA. That really -- it was never my intent. It just kind of happened very naturally. And if I can inspire hope in a young person, if I can inspire someone to be -- dream a little bit bigger than they ever thought they could be, I know that was the case for me. So I'm just so thankful. Quite a weekend in San Antonio. Even though Becky had her retirement ceremony after Friday's game, she's not done yet. They won. They are on to the wnba playoffs and begin the series on Thursday at 9:00 P.M. Eastern and you can see it on espn2. Coming up, the stars of the
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