Becky Hammon is a professional basketball player from America. She is a beautiful as well as aggressive player who is 1.68 m high. Now she is serving as an assistant coach for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs after being retired from professional basketball. She played for New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars of the Women’s National Basketball Association. She has also played for the teams outside America and has been criticized for it.
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Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Hammon was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA on March 11, 1977. Her family was consisted of parents Marty and Bev; one sister and one brother. Both siblings were elder than her. Hammon was raised on a property in the Black Hills National Forest. All the three children of the family had great love for outdoor activities. At very young age, Hammon learned to dribble the basketball and honed her skills and abilities through competitive games with her brother Matt at their home court.
As a junior, the star player, Becky Hammon, was named South Dakota Miss Basketball at the Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota. She drew little attention from college basketball recruiters, despite the accolades. Those colleges considered her too slow and too small but she made a favorable impression on an assistant coach from the Colorado State University.
She became one of the most celebrated basketball players in Colorado State history. As a senior, Hammon led the team to a 33-3 record as well as a Sweet 16 berth in NCAA Tournament a three-time All-American. She finished as School’s all-time leader in points, 3-pointers, assists and steals. Hammon faced more doubts about her athleticism by others and was bypassed in 1999 (WNBA) Women’s National Basketball Association draft but finally signed with New York Liberty.
As a backup for the Liberty, she won over the teammates and fans as well with her hustle and shooting skills. Hammon helped her team advance to WNBA Finals in 3 of her first 4 seasons and used to earn her first All-Star selection in the year 2003. In the same year she took over as Liberty’s starting point guard.
She enjoyed the success with other teams as well during the WNBA offseason. She played for clubs sin Italy, Russia and Spain. Becky emerged as a shining star in fledging NWBL (National Women’s Basketball League) and won an MVP award leading the Colorado Chill to Championship in 2005 and 2006.
Hammon had long expressed wish to become a coach after her retirement from the professional career. It was July 13, 2013 when she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in a match against Los Angeles Sparks. She attended San Antonio Spurs’ games, practices and coaches’ meeting during her year-long rehabilitation and frequently invited to share opinions. Hammon was hired as an assistant coach for Spurs on August 5, 2014. Becky Hammon became the first full-time salaried female coach in the history of NBA.
Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020