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Becky Hammon reportedly interested in Knicks job

mySA logo mySA 12/7/2019 Tom Orsborn, Staff Writer
Becky Hammon talking on a cell phone: San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon talks to Spurs guard Dejounte Murray, right, after an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 120-111. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) © Provided by Hearst Newspapers San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon talks to Spurs guard Dejounte Murray, right, after an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 120-111. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO - Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is reportedly interested in the New York Knicks head coaching vacancy - but only if the moribund franchise is willing to give her a long-term deal.

Citing an anonymous league source, CNBC reported a four- or five-year deal would be sufficient for Hammon to take the job, which opened up after the firing of David Fizdale on Friday.

Hammon played for the New York Liberty of the WNBA for eight seasons before finishing her playing career in San Antonio.

Unsolicited, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich slammed the Knicks on Friday for how their ownership treated Fizdale, who was fired after a 4-18 start and just a season-plus into his tenure.

“I don’t know where the decision was made to fire coach Fizdale, but if it came from the top, it’s a case of mistaken identity,’’ Popovich told reporters. “He’s a fine, talented young coach with a great pedigree and it’s ridiculous to think you’re gonna bring in a young guy and after being there a minute-and-a-half, you expect him to fix everything that’s been wrong there for a long time. That’s petty unfair.

"It’s an old analogy. He got thrown under the bus. He’ll come out of it because he’s a great coach.”

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