Opinion: Becky Hammon deserves NBA head coaching shot, but she should avoid dysfunctional Lakers


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Since the coaching names now being associated with the Los Angeles Lakers look like the retread All-Stars, there’s a natural inclination to wonder whether this should be the time and place for Becky Hammon to become the first woman to get a head coaching job in the NBA.

Given her reputation within the business, her experience as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs and the small samples we’ve seen of her on the sidelines coaching in summer league, it seems inevitable that Hammon will get a shot sooner or later. The Lakers would be smart to at least talk to her, as Milwaukee did last summer before hiring Mike Budenholzer. 

But there’s almost a soft sexism in the idea that Hammon should get any job that comes open. After all, why would her supporters want to put her right now in a situation that seems doomed from the start? 

If we’ve learned anything from watching every move the Lakers have made in the last 10 months, it’s that anyone with a bright future in basketball should be extremely wary of tying their…

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