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Spurs Praised For Becky Hammon Hire, Seen As Game-Changer For Women In Sports
Published August 6, 2014
THE GENIUS CLUB: In San Antonio, Roy Bragg writes Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and GM R.C. Buford have a "sterling reputation around the world as legitimate basketball geniuses." If Buford and Popovich were to "hire a nutria to coach, rest assured that nutria can run the star drill in practice and call the right play with 1.2 seconds left in a game" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/6). In New Jersey, Steve Popper writes, "If you think it’s a publicity stunt, you don’t know the Spurs, and more specifically, you don’t know Gregg Popovich." The Spurs have "always been the standard for how to do business in professional sports and now they set a new blueprint in place, breaking a barrier with a shrug that left us wondering, like them, why it was there in the first place" (Bergen RECORD, 8/6). In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs writes to "be sure, this is no PR stunt" and "no sideshow" (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/6).