Becky Hammon was honored by her former team, the San Antonio Stars over the weekend when they retired her No. 25 jersey during its game hosting the Atlanta Dream. She calls it an “Incredible honor from an incredible organization.”
It’s particularly fitting since after her retirement as a player, the WNBA announced that she is one of the league’s 20 greatest and most influential players in its history. She’s a six-time WNBA All-Star and the points leader-per-game for the Stars (15.6) with 1,133 assists and 829 3-pointfield goals.
What’s also so important about Hammon is that she’s now transitioned into an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, the first woman to be a full-time NBA assistant coach. And it didn’t hurt that she coached the team’s summer league last year that won the championship.
In spite of all the accolades, Hammon remains remarkably grounded, as can be seen from some of her comments, like the following: “I’m really just a simple kid from South Dakota.” The former guard, who is only 5-foot-6, also describes herself this way: “Let’s just face it: the average girl is not 6-3. I look very average.”
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