For San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and former WNBA star, Becky Hammon, she knew the first time she came off the plane into San Antonio, it was meant to be home.
From her time playing with the San Antonio Stars to now making her mark in the NBA as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich, Hammon has another achievement she can speak upon, being inducted into the San Antonio Hall of Fame.
Pop spoke on Hammon and what he first noticed about her.
“The first thing that I’ve noticed about here was her competitiveness and her sass so-to-speak. She took no prisoners, she competed at the highest-level, and it was to win.”
“She was a leader, people reacted to her, fantastically. So all of those qualities, were pretty obvious when I go watch her play.”
Hammon played 16 years in the WNBA with the later of her career was with San Antonio for eight seasons. She appeared in 450 games and compiled averages of 13 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, while shooting 43-percent from the floor including 37-percent from beyond the arc.
It was her fire and grit on the floor in her 5-foot-6 frame that would electrify the fans and always give her a round of applause when she played.
Now in a spot where most dream to be, Hammon is in the process of learning in a male dominant sport, the NBA, but she has already got the respect from the guys as she is looking to soak up everything and anything that she can through coach Pop.
“Coming over to the NBA, I felt like just learning the league, our system, what coach wants and demands in me, demands of the guys, and just be a sponge in so many different ways.”
“Now that I have been in it for a few years, I feel much more comfortable, I feel like I have something to offer and give.”
For Hammon, she definitely is making a name for herself and others around the league and San Antonio surely see that as she was inducted into the San Antonio Hall of Fame.