Newly hired Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy promoted two-way development coach Teresa Weatherspoon to a full-time assistant coach position.
This move by “SVG” isn’t surprising as he has long been outspoken against social injustice and racial inequalitiy.
Joining Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, the three have been the biggest coaching combatants against President Donald Trump and the racially charged climate.
“T-Spoon” now becomes the eighth woman to secure a full-time NBA coaching gig. The 2019 Naismith Hall Of Fame inductee joins the likes of Brittni Donaldson, Lindsay Gottlieb, Jenny Boucek, Becky Haymon, Sonia Raman, Lindsay Harding and Natalie Nakase.
— Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) November 16, 2020
She has spent her time in the NBA realm with the Pelicans and it’s G-League affiliate located in Erie, PA. Her hard work and dedication to the franchise were recently praised by GM David Griffin.
Weatherspoon played overseas in Italy, France, and Russia before joining the New York Liberty in the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997.
“Spoon” was a five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player Of The Year prior to her 2004 retirement. Leading the Liberty to the first-ever title game in its inaugural season in 1997 and again in 1999, falling short in both instances to the WNBA’s first dynasty, the Houston Comets.
— The Association on FOX (@TheAssociation) November 17, 2020
She also served as Women’s Head Basketball Coach at her alma Mater the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters from 2009-14. She compiled a 99-71 record, with NCAA Tourney berths and a WAC conference title in 2010. She led them to the (1988) NCAA Title as a player.
We continue to persevere in this very trying year of 2020; from the chaos caused by the global pandemic to social justice platforms being heard louder and clearer than ever to a presidential election where the current one doesn’t want to concede to his loss.
Despite the turmoil, we still have women out here killing it and constantly shattering more glass as they break into the good ole boy network and show that they’re more than qualified to do the job as well.
Take a bow and continue to show the young girls in today’s world that anything is possible if you believe