Longtime Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is said to be on the verge of taking the final step to become a head coach.
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The report comes exactly one year after Hammon made history by becoming the first woman to coach in an NBA game.
Here’s everything you need to know about the six-time WNBA All-Star who allegedly took the reins of a top professional basketball franchise:
Becky Hammon joins Aces: terms of the deal
Athletic’s Chantel Jennings and Shams Charania announced Thursday night that Hammon will become the head coach of the WNBA Las Vegas Aces.
According to the report, the contract will be a record deal for a WNBA head coach, but terms have not been announced or reported so far.
The report also suggests that current Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer is considering stepping down. Two-time NBA champion Laimbeer led the Aces to two conference finals and one WNBA finals during his four years with the team.
Becky Hammon’s story with the Aces franchise
The Aces paid tribute to Hammon last September by removing his No.25 jersey and hoisting it onto the rafters of the Michelob Ultra Arena in Mandalay Bay.
The 5-6 point guard played the last eight seasons (2007-14) of her 16-year WNBA career for the then San Antonio Stars.
Hammon remains the franchise’s career leader in assists (1,333), 3 points (498) and free throw percentage (92.1). She ranks second in points (3,474) and average scores (15.6) and fourth in field goal percentage at 3 points (38.8).
She was recently named to the league’s “W25”, a collection of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history. Previously, she was named in the league’s Top 20 @ 20 in 2016 and among the top 15 all-time players in 2011.
Becky Hammon’s training story
After retiring from the Stars in 2014, Hammon joined the NBA Spurs as an assistant coach. She created several avenues during her eight years with the franchise.
Currently the NBA’s longest-serving assistant coach, she was the first woman to coach the Las Vegas Summer League when she coached the Spurs in 2015. She not only coached that year, but also won. the offseason tournament.
In 2017 with the Spurs, she became the first female assistant to be part of an All-Star coaching squad. A few years after starting her tenure in San Antonio, she began to gain the attention of other NBA franchises for head coach and general manager roles (Bucks, 2017).
Most recently, she was considered for the Trail Blazers head coach position ahead of the 2021-22 season.