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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

UConn's Auriemma: Hammon's NBA summer success "has nothing to do with gender"

Geno Auriemma knows something about breaking any perceived gender barriers in the basketball world as he was the second men's head coach to win a Division I women's national title and only one to do it more than once. So who better to ask about former WNBA star Becky Hammon not only being the first female to be a head coach of a team in the NBA Summer League but also leading the Spurs to the summer league title?

"That is what we have been trying to tell everybody, if you are good at what you do, it is not that complicated," Auriemma said on Tuesday after he taped an interview with Michael Kay of the Yes Network in New York. "People think that the game of basketball is really complicated. It is really not. What is complicated is if you complicate your relationship with your players. When you look at Becky and she spent a year under maybe the best coach in the NBA (Gregg Popovich).

"She is probably really good at interacting with those guys 1 on 1 and getting them to believe in 'this is what we are doing, this is how we are going to do it.' That is not a gender thing. It has nothing to do with gender."



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