Former NY Liberty and San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon was in New York on Sunday to be inducted into the NY Liberty ‘Ring of Honor.’
Hammon signed with the Liberty as an undrafted free agent on May 19, 1999, and played for New York until 2006. She helped lead the franchise to three WNBA Finals appearances (1999, 2000, 2002), and New York was within a game of capturing a WNBA title in 1999. Hammon ranks second in franchise history in games played (227) and 3-point field goals (331) and is third on the all-time scoring list (2,367 points).
Immediately after retiring from the WNBA, Hammon became just the second female assistant coach in NBA history, and the first woman to be named a full-time coach in any men’s major professional sport in North America.
, led their Summer League team to a Championship in her very first stint as a head coach to a summer league team.
“I think anything is possible,” Hammon said Sunday before the Liberty honored her at halftime. “Just because something’s never been done, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Leadership has no gender. The point is, do you knpw basketball? Do you know what it takes to lead people?’