The Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver, has been all for progressive moments by the NBA. Silver takes it upon himself to take the league to new heights and explore new boundaries, it's one of the qualities that have made him such a successful commissioner thus far. In his latest run in with the media he said he expects to see a women head coach sooner rather than later and expects to add more women officials as early as next season. There's only one women official in the league right now, there have been two before her I believe, but that's all about to change with this new initiative. Silver will have no problem hiring more women to officiate games and I'm sure no one will even notice the difference, which is ideal when it comes to officiating. However, the head coaching situation is a completely different animal.
I agree with Adam Silver, I believe a women head coach will be hired within the next couple of years, I'm pretty sure I know who it's going to be, but we'll get to that in a minute. One of these teams like the Kings, Magic, Suns, Nets, and maybe even the Spurs post Popovich might even be a viable option, these are the organizations that I believe are most likely to pull the trigger on signing a women head coach. There's obviously going to be some questions behind whether or not a women is capable of handling the job of coaching 12 grown men. If she knows her shit and can command a room I don't see why she can't succeed, the skeptics will be out to get her though, so the first women better do a good job or another one might not get a chance. If it's an absolute disaster it could really set back the league in terms of a women head coach being hired, so it's imperial that the first one is set up for success in some regards. Adam Silver will do everything he can to make that happen I'm sure.
As for who the first women's head coach will be it's pretty obvious if you've been paying any attention to the sports headlines this week. Becky Hammon, assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs turned down a job to become head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball team. Now why would she turn down a job as a head coach to stay as an assistant, well I'm sure there's a lot of reasons that factor into making that decision besides just a title, conversely it's just instinct to believe she's staying around waiting to pounce on this opportunity to be the first women head coach in NBA history. Will she be the heir to Gregg Popovich's throne in San Antonio, or will another team try to snag her first. Regardless, I believe Becky Hammon will be the first women's head coach in NBA history.