Becky Hammon became the National Basketball Associations’ first female full-time coach Tuesday when the San Antonio Spur’s hired her for the 2014-15 NBA season. Even though this is a history-making event, all most Twitter users could talk about was whether or not Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who is regarded as a lothario, would try to hit on his new coach.
Parker, 32, married French journalist Axelle Francine in a San Antonio ceremony Saturday. The two had dated since 2011 and have a child, Josh, who was born in April. But being a newlywed with a 4-month-old hasn’t stopped some from thinking Parker has changed his cheating ways. He had an affair while married to actress Eva Longoria.
The “Desperate Housewives” star was married to the basketball star from 2007 to 2011 when they divorced, which also is right around the time he got together with his current wife. A year after their dramatic split, Longoria said during an appearance on the Demi Moore-produced Lifetime series, “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet,” her ex-husband shared “hundreds” of text messages with another woman, the New York Post's Page Six reported.
While some users of the 140-character social media site don’t seem to know Parker married his son’s mother, many seem to think he will try to hit on Hammon. Some of their comments have been posted below:
Tony Parker should date Becky Hammon lol
— Lerondo (@bEASTside_Ls) August 5, 2014
With Becky Hammon as Spurs assistant, Tony Parker is one lucky guy. #ifyouknowwhatimean
— Elyson Cedric Pasion (@elysonesque) August 5, 2014
Spurs hire Becky Hammon.... She's dating Tony Parker.. This is going to be interesting..
— Franklin (@themagicgiulbus) August 5, 2014
Spurs making history with the Becky Hammon hire. She needs to be careful of Tony Parker. She'll be on the team for real
— Aηt-Mαηε (@Holeyfield85) August 5, 2014
I bet Becky Hammon gon' be Pregnant by Tony Parker before All Starr Break, or a few days after the break
— Sozus (@imf_alive) August 5, 2014
Hammon, 37, is the second woman to serve on an NBA coaching staff. Lisa Boyer was the first after the Cleveland Cavaliers hired her for the 2001-02 season. Unlike Hammon, who was hired full-time for a paid position, Boyer worked part time and was not paid by the team.
“Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs,” Coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday in a statement.
Hammon signed with New York Liberty in 1999 and played for eight years. Her last eight seasons have been spent with the San Antonio Stars. She became a naturalized Russia citizen in 2008 so she could play on her country's national basketball team in 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
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