Spurs hire first full-time female coach in NBA
#TaniaOnTheScene - Congratulations to Becky Hammon on making history. She is the first full-time paid coach in the NBA.
Hammon will join the Spurs coaching staff as an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich. She will join Popovich on scouting, game-planning and the day-to-day grind of practice. Becky is currently in her 16th WNBA season, but will soon retire. She’s a 6-time all-star who started her career with the New York Liberty.
Derek Fisher accepts New York Knicks coaching job
#TaniaOnTheScene - Derek Fisher has reached a deal with the New York Knicks brass to become the next head coach of the team, according to multiple reports.
The deal would reunite 39-year-old Fisher with Phil Jackson, his coach with the Los Angeles Lakers when the two won five NBA titles.
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton arrested, charged with felony weapons possession
#TaniaOnTheScene - The 29-year-old was charged with two counts of felony possession for his ownership of an unregistered, armor-piercing firearm that he allegedly waved around aggressively during a fight with his wife, but never pointed at Ariane Raymondo-Felton, who filed for divorce and was fearful of the weapon being in their home. Felton was released on $25,000 bond early Tuesday evening.
Jason Collins Makes NBA History after Signing with Nets
#TaniaOnTheScene - Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in major American professional team sports, getting in Sunday’s game for the Brooklyn Nets against the Lakers.
The 35-year-old center and 12-year NBA veteran, who signed a 10-day contract with Brooklyn earlier Sunday, finishes with zero points and two rebounds in 12 minutes of action in his season debut.
Roughly 10 months since being the first active athlete in one of the four major team sports to come out as gay during his playing career, Jason Collins will be signed by a team and in uniform Sunday night. After missing out on recently waived Glen Davis, the Brooklyn Nets will sign Collins and he’ll be in uniform against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nets announced Sunday they’ve signed Collins to a 10-day contract.
Attention NY Knicks Fans: Meet Larry Johnson LIVE
#TaniaOnTheScene - It’s the NBA kickoff party with special guest Larry Johnson, formerly of the New York Knicks. Starting at 7:30pm tonight, he’ll be signing autographs and taking pictures during the Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls game.
Lamar Odom Surfaces Near Home & Looking Thin
#TaniaOnTheScene - Lamar Odom is wearing the stress of his marriage — and possibly his NBA career — falling apart as he battles addiction to hardcore drugs … and TMZ has the first photos of him in several days.
Lamar’s face looked gaunt when he was spotted Monday afternoon driving his SUV around the San Fernando Valley … not far from his home with Khloe Kardashian.
As TMZ first reported …Khloe kicked Odom out of the house last Wednesday when he rejected her attempt to stage an intervention — hoping to convince him to get treatment for addiction to crack cocaine.