Hammon would welcome a return to her basketball roots.
SAN ANTONIO – It is inevitable that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will become a basketball head coach.
But if you write her name in pencil to patrol the sidelines of an NBA team, think again.
In an interview with ESPN’s LaChina Robinson, Hammon was asked if she could possibly fill the vacant head coaching position with her former team, the New York Liberty.
She immediately said returning to New York would be hard to refuse and said she was ready to return to the WNBA as head coach.
“My doors are open. I never closed the door when I got back to the women,” said Hammon. “For me, how could I? This is my heart. These are my roots! I never close the door on every opportunity. When I go back to the WNBA, don’t blink.”
Hammon played with Liberty from 1999 to 2006. She was inducted into the Liberty Ring of Honor in 2015 and is one of New York’s greatest players.
Of course, giving back to the WNBA as head coach would mean a lot to her, although many think she will become the NBA’s first female head coach.
“I don’t see it as a step backwards. No, it isn’t. It’s a change of direction. It’s a pivot, but it’s basketball. It’s the same stuff,” she said.
After her time with the then San Antonio Stars, Hammon joined the Spurs coaching staff in 2014 as an assistant coach.
She has achieved many milestones since then, including becoming the first female head coach in the NBA Summer League in 2015 and leading the roster to the Summer League title that summer.
In 2016, she became the first woman to be part of an NBA All-Star coaching team and became the first female acting head coach in NBA history in 2020 when Gregg Popovich was excluded from a game.
She is considered an aspiring head coach in the NBA, but has yet to land with a team.
I asked @BeckyHammon about the @nyliberty head coach opening and she replied that her doors are open and don’t be surprised if she returns to women’s football.
No woman has coached and played in as many #NBA games as Becky, so that perspective is invaluable. pic.twitter.com/KnCsjQpUwr
– LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) December 15, 2021
Hammon is ready for the head coaching move, be it with the Spurs once Popovich retires, on another NBA team, or in realizing her head coaching dreams in the WNBA, where her professional career began.
“Don’t be surprised,” said Hammon of the possibility of a return to the WNBA.
What do you Spurs fans say? Should Hammon jump into the WNBA or hold out in the NBA until an opportunity arises for them?
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