Talking to Hammon, though, I was struck by her ambivalence about her role as a pioneer. She recognizes that she is an inspiration for many young women, and a target for many wary men. At the same time, she resists the attention to her gender. “If you don’t want a female coach, don’t hire one!” she said, with some exasperation. But, she continued, if “you want to hire somebody who’s qualified and will do a good job, then maybe you should consider me.” Like Popovich, Hammon believes that coaching involves more than drawing up plays or breaking down defensive schemes. “You shouldn’t get into coaching unless you care about the people you’re leading,” she said. That doesn’t fit the popular image of a successful coach—your Belichicks and Lombardis. But it is, as it happens, the philosophy of the Spurs.
November 27, 2021 | 7:22 pm EST Update
Duane Rankin: “There’s a joy being in the #NBA. I think it would be a lot tougher if you didn’t look at it that way, but we have guys who genuinely love to play basketball.” Monty Williams on this November schedule (16 games in 30 days) as #Suns finish 4-game road trip tonight at Brooklyn
Brian Lewis: #Suns coach Monty Williams on Patty Mills’ spirit: “If you’re on the other side you want to break his neck. But if you are with him its like man I love that guy. When I used to compete against the #Spurs & he was down there waving that towel I just wanted to go tackle him.” #Nets
Rod Boone: James Borrego also said Mason Plumlee’s calf injury is not a long-term thing and they are being more “precautionary” with him. Will have see if he plays on the road trip, which continues in Chicago on Monday and Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Jason Anderson: The Memphis Grizzlies have officially ruled out Ja Morant (left knee sprain) for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Maurice Harkless (knee) is questionable, Harrison Barnes (foot) is doubtful and Richaun Holmes (illness) is out for for the Kings.
November 27, 2021 | 6:43 pm EST Update
Adam Spolane: Stephen Silas says John Wall and Rafael Stone spoke. Silas says Wall wants to come back and there will be discussions about that moving forward. Silas said he was made aware of the discussions with Wall this afternoon