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Aces coach Becky Hammon praised by Gregg Popovich following first WNBA title

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich didn’t waste any time congratulating Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon following her group’s WNBA championship win.

The Aces received their first WNBA title and the town’s first skilled title on Sunday evening in Game 4 in opposition to the Connecticut Sun.

This is Hammon’s first championship within the WNBA — received simply lower than a year after leaving the Spurs, the place she was an assistant coach to Popovich.

In the minutes after the win, Popovich launched a press release by way of the Spurs to congratulate Hammon and the group.

“We are thrilled for coach Hammon. Winning a championship is a remarkable achievement for a first-time head coach in her first year with a team. Yet I’m not at all surprised by her success,” Popovich mentioned. “Becky has proved over-and-over that she has a unique understanding and passion for the game of basketball. Congratulations to Becky, her players and the entire Aces organization. They played the right way the entire season and were a joy to watch.”

The Austin Spurs additionally shared their reward for the group.

Chelsea Gray scored 20 factors to steer the Aces in a 78-71 victory, and was named Finals MVP.

Vegas completed on an 8-0 run. As the buzzer sounded, league MVP A’ja Wilson, who performed each minute of the sport, grabbed the ball and stomped the ground earlier than being mobbed by her teammates.

“They’re unbelievable on the court, but they’re unbelievable humans, first and foremost,” Hammon mentioned. “They care about each other. They invest in each other. It’s been an absolute honor to be their coach. I saw excellence and I wanted to be a part of it.”

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