Becky Hammon tapped for San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame
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This week, Becky Hammon was one of four named to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The current Spurs assistant coach will be honored at a tribute gala in January, alongside former San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman, former San Antonio Sports executive Bill Hanson, and former Spurs forward Mike Mitchell, who enters posthumously.
Hammon came to San Antonio after six seasons with the New York Liberty. The former Stars guard was named to six WNBA All-Star teams while in Texas. She is regarded as one of the top players in WNBA history, despite being undrafted out of college. Nevertheless, Hammon worked her way up the professional ranks.
Hammon fought for minutes on a New York team stacked with veteran guards. She captured the respect of her teammates like Teresa Weatherspoon and Vickie Johnson while capturing the hearts of the Liberty fanbase with scrappiness. In Texas, she earned the nickname”Big Shot Becky” for her clutch performances. Hammon was named to the New York Liberty Ring of Honor and had her jersey retired by the Stars last season. She was also named one of the WNBA Top 20 at 20.
Since retiring from the WNBA, Hammon has continued to make her mark on the game of basketball. In 2014, she became the first female assistant coach on the Spurs coaching staff. In 2015, she served as head coach of the Spurs summer championship team. The next year, Hammon became the first female to coach in the NBA All-Star game, the West defeated the East 196-173.
Hammon and the others will be inducted January 27th at the annual tribute gala.