The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs added WNBA star Becky Hammon to their the team as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season. Hammon will be the first female assistant coach paid by an NBA team.
“Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs,” said head coach Gregg Popovich in a team released statement.
Hammon has played 16 seasons in the WNBA and will retire at the end of the 2014 campaign. Hammon, who played eight seasons for the New York Liberty and is now in her eighth season with the San Antonio Silver Stars, ranks sixth in games played all-time in the WNBA, second in career three-pointers and fourth in assists.
During a press conference Hammon commented on her new position. “I think this happens to be a situation where they have been observing me for years playing down here,” said Hammon. “They decided this can work. There’s a lot of things that go into it besides ‘This would be a cool idea.’ It’s got to fit and it’s got to be the right fit and it just so happens that it is down here — and the environment they create.
“It is big and I definitely hope little girls can say, ‘Hey look people can do whatever they put their mind to.’ It’s exciting and honestly it’s too early to tell what kind of [future] impact it is going to have,” said Hammon.
Lisa Boyer became the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff in 2001 with the Cleveland Cavaliers however she was a “volunteer assistant coach” and did not travel with the team.
Famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sent a letter to 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, whose parents and four siblings were killed in their Houston, Texas home in July by their uncle, Ronald Lee Haskell. Stay survived the ordeal by faking her death.
Haskell murdered the family after they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was.
Days after the mass shooting Casey quoted Harry Potter’s mentor Albus Dumbledore from the film “The Prisoner of Azkaban” during the eulogy.
‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,’ Dumbledore told his students.
Shortly, a Facebook campaign was started to connect Rowling to the bereaved that ballooned t0 7,000 fans.
Stay received from Rowling a hand-written letter in purple ink from Dumbledore, gifts that included a wand, school supplies, and a signed book.
“I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zach are in a much better place and that I’ll be able to see them again one day. Stay Strong.”
Supporters donated 400,000 for medical expenses for Stay, but the family asked for people to now help others suffering from tragedy.
Lauren Bacall, born as Betty Joan Perske, died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89 after suffering a massive stroke. Bacall was an actress and model, known for her inviting voice and sultry looks. During her modeling career, in the 40s, her agent recommended that she change her name to Lauren Bacall (Bacall was her mother’s surname) so that she would sound more appealing.
Bacall first appeared as the lead lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued to appear in other Bogart movies – The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). Bacall also had key roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
In 1999, Bacall was ranked number 20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”
“The Good Lie’ starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, follows the story of a group known as “The Lost Boys,” orphaned by the brutal Civil War in Sudan, who travel thousands of miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a widespread humanitarian effort led by people of faith brings more than 3000 lost boys and girls to America and changes their lives forever. Film director Philippe Falardeau brings their powerful story of survival to life. Watch the above trailer and catch the “The Good Lie” which hits theaters Oct. 3.