Former WNBA Champion Candice Dupree Hired as Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs

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Former WNBA champion and seven-time All-Star Candice Dupree will be joining the San Antonio Spurs as a member of its player development team and as assistant coach, according to an announcement made on Friday by Spurs president and head coach Gregg Popovich.


The 16-year-veteran won her champion title with the Phoenix Mercury in 2014 and currently sits top five in league history in points, games played and field goals made. After playing four years for Dawn Staley at Temple from 2002-06, she was selected by the Sky with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft.

Dupree's career spans professionally in Poland, Slovakia, Russia, China, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Dupree retired after the 2021 WNBA season and later became part of the coaching staff for the Spurs at the 2022 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.


With recent announcement of her joining the Spurs' coaching staff, it will mark Dupree's first coaching job.


“The amount of patience that you have to have to deal with them is off the charts,” Dupree said.


“So that’s what kind of led me into ‘you know what, I think I might be able to handle this coaching thing.’