San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is a finalist for the Portland Trail Blazers’ head-coaching job, marking the first time a woman has gone into the final stages of an NBA coaching search, sources tell The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick.
The Trail Blazers have interviewed several candidates for the job, including Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, Nets assistant Mike D'Antoni and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry, sources said. Multiple members of that list are expected to be part of the final stage of interviews for the Trail Blazers.
Hammon, in her seventh year on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, took over for Popovich on Dec. 30 after he got tossed from a game late in the second quarter against the Lakers. She was the first woman to serve as head coach of an NBA team.