REPORT: Spurs are Hiring WNBA’s Candice Dupree as Assistant Coach

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly hiring former WNBA player Candice Dupree as their new assistant coach.

Dupree was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft and played for fifteen seasons in the W. The seven-time WNBA All-Star won a WNBA Championship in 2014 with the Phoenix Mercury.

The news was initially reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

By joining the Spurs’ staff, Dupree is now following in the footsteps of her predecessor and former Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who just led the Las Vegas Aces into a new era after winning not only the 2022 WNBA Coach of the Year Award, but the organization’s first-ever 2022 WNBA Championship.

“You’re starting to see a lot of women that are breaking into the NBA ranks and so they’re just like, ‘soak up as much as you can,’” Dupree told TheNextHoops in regard to advice she’s gotten from Dawn Staley and Ervin Monier, who was her coach at Temple. “Obviously, if I need any help from them [Staley and Monier], they’re there. If I need to steal plays and everything else, I have that available as well.”

As the 2022-23 NBA season approaches, Dupree and other female coaches across the League are continuing to pave the way for future generations.

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