Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is reportedly ready to take the final step into a head coach’s chair.
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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 reportedly took over the reins of a top-tier professional basketball franchise:
Becky Hammon to join Aces: terms of deal
Athletic’s Chantel Jennings and Shams Charania reported Thursday night that Hammon will become the head coach of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.
Hammon’s deal will be a record deal for a WNBA head coach, sources said.
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According to the report, the contract will be a record deal for a WNBA head coach, but the terms have not been announced or reported until now.
The report also suggests that current Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer plans to step aside. Laimbeer, a two-time NBA champion, has led the Aces to two conference finals and one WNBA final in his four years with the team.
Becky Hammon’s story with the Aces franchise
The Aces honored Hammon last September by retiring his number 25 jersey and raising it up to the rafters at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Mandalay Bay.
The 5-6 point guard played the last eight seasons (2007-14) of his 16-year career in the WNBA for the franchise, then the San Antonio Stars.
Hammon continues to lead the franchise in assists (1,333), 3s made (498) and free throw percentage (92.1). It ranks second in points (3,474) and scoring average (15.6) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (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, he was named among the league’s top 20 @ 20 in 2016 and the top 15 players of all time in 2011.
Becky Hammon’s training story
After retiring from the Stars in 2014, Hammon joined the NBA’s Spurs as an assistant coach. He has created multiple paths during his eight years with the franchise.
Currently, the longest-serving female assistant coach in the NBA, she was the first woman to coach in the Las Vegas Summer League when she coached the Spurs in 2015. Not only did she coach that year, but she also won the tournament in low season.
In 2017 with the Spurs, she became the first female assistant to join an All-Star coaching staff. A few years after her tenure in San Antonio, she began receiving attention from other NBA franchises for head coach and general manager roles (Bucks, 2017).
Most recently, she was considered for the Trail Blazers head coach job prior to the 2021-22 season.