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Could Becky Hammon be the next Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns NBA Team? (NBA)

On October 22, the Phoenix Suns fired Earl Watson and promoted Jay Triano to interim head coach. However, the team will pursue multiple options for their next full-time head coach this coming offseason.

My dark horse hire is Becky Hammon.

Earl Watson needed to go. That much anyone that has followed the Suns knew.

Jay Triano has the Suns off to a great start as the interim coach. He has experience and is proving why he should stay long-term. Also, the last time a Canadian was given keys to Phoenix (Steve Nash) it went pretty well.

But this summer when the heads of the Suns state sit down to discuss who should be the full-time head coach beginning in the summer of 2018, the first few calls the front office should make are to Nash and fellow Ring of Honor member, Dan Majerle. It’s likely neither will leave their current positions and expectedly so, but it is simply due diligence to reach out and express that they are welcome as the head’s of this team.

Triano, Nash and Majerle would be great choices for head coach, yet if those three do not appear to be best suited for the position, whether McDonough decided through interviews that they none of them were the best choice or they each simply shot a job offer down, my dark horse is current San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Becky Hammon is a female.

So are the CEOs of General Motors, Youtube, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Pepsi. Not to mention the SVP of Apple, the Queen of England, multiple Supreme Court Justices, state Attorney Generals, and several world leaders.

No one really knew of her as a player but she was great. Similarly, she isn’t really on the tip of many tongues as a candidate for an NBA head coaching position, but she can be great at that too.

Let’s start from the beginning of her journey and walk the path to now. One that could make for a movie entitled “Against All Odds.

“My story, just in general, is a story of someone who was over looked, someone who was told they can’t, someone who was told ‘You’re too slow. You’re too short.’ I’ve heard every reason why I shouldn’t be successful. And yet, you just take that all in. I always say you should be very careful with the voices you listen to. And my closest voices have always told me, ‘you can’.”

She came from a little town in South Dakota but rose up to be SD Miss Basketball as a junior. Then a senior, SD Player of the Year.

Only Colorado State took a chance on letting her play college ball. She led them to a 33-3 record and a Sweet 16 berth while getting All-American and CO Sportswoman of the Year honors, setting many all-time records including in points, field goals made, free throws made, 3-pointers made and assists. This led to an induction into the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame and Colorado State retiring her uniform.



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