Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon

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Becky Hammon is an American-Russian basketball coach. Becky Hammon is an assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs of NBA.

Early Life and Childhood

Becky Hammon was born on 11th March 1977 and is currently 43 years old. Her birth name is Rebecca Lynn Hammon and her zodiac sign is a Pisces. Likewise, she was born in Rapid City, South Dakota to Russian parents Bev Hammon and Martin Hammon. However, though she was born a natural-born citizen of the United States, she became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2008. Likewise, she holds American-Russian citizenship, belongs to the white ethnic group and is a devout Christian.

Ever since a young age, she learned basic basketball techniques at home. She learned to dribble a basketball while playing Nerf ball along with her older brother and father. Likewise, she polished her basketball skills from her home court. Furthermore, reflecting upon her educational background, she completed her schooling from Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota. Moreover, she was the South Dakota Miss basketball. Likewise, after averaging 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals per game she was voted as the South Dakota Player of the Year. Furthermore, she attended Stevens High School.

Early Career

During her college days, Becky was in her college basketball team. She was a prolific scorer in the Colorado State Rams. It entitled her All-American three times and was also the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. Likewise, in the season 1998-99, she also led the team to a 33-3 record advancing them to NCCA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen. Moreover, she became the WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year for the 1998-99 season after winning against the University of Utah player Keith Van Horn.

She has set many records for Colorado states including points (2740), points per game (21.92), field goals made (918). Likewise, free throws made (539), three-point field goals made (365) and assists (538). Moreover, she became the best senior player under (1.7m) in the year 1999 receiving the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Furthermore, she induct into the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame on 12th November 2004. Likewise, her number 25 Colorado State jersey was retired from Moby Arena on 22nd January 2005.

Becky Hammon

Caption: Becky during her college days match. Source: Instagram

Professional Career

Having a strong base since college days, Becky signed with the Women’s National Basketball Association on 12th May 1999. She joined the New York Liberty which is an American Professional Basketball team. Likewise, after having solid statistical points and her aggressive play at both ends of the court made her one of the favorites among her Liberty fans. Soon after the 2003 season, she became the Liberty’s starting point guard over Weatherspoon along with Vickie Johnson and Crystal Robinson as one of the team’s co-captains in 2004.

Likewise, in the year 2004, she signed with the Colorado Chill but could only play two-match due to anterior cruciate ligament injury on her right knee stopping her playing for the Liberty in the 2003 season. On 16th August 2005, on her WNBA career point, she scored her 2000th point. Moreover, she was named to ALL-WNBA second team by the end of the 2005 season. Likewise, in January 2007, she played her WNBA ‘off-season’ with the Spanish League in the Rivas Futura.

Similarly, on the 4th April 2007, she joined the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars. Her career reached a high average of 18.8 PPH (fourth-best) and 5.0 APG in 2007. Moreover, she also led the league in assist the same year. She was given named ‘Big Shot Becky’ for her ability to make shots in important moments. This was name given to her after ‘Big Shot Bob’ Robert Horry forward of San Antonio Spurs. Likewise, on the year 2008, as she led the Silver Stars to a WNBA with an average of 17.6 PPG, and 4.9 APG and best record of 24-10 and also led them into the playoffs for a second straight year.

Moreover, during the conference semi-finals, she scored 30 points in a Game 1 win against the Sacramento Monarchs, San Antonio would win the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals. With a loss in the Game 1 and win in another game, she 35 points propelled in the Silver Stars to a victory in the Game 3 which was played against the Los Angeles Sparks. However, in the WNBA Finals of Silver Stars, they face the defeat by the Detroit Shock of 3-0.

On 31st August 2011, in the history of WNBA, she became the seventh player to score 5000 points. Likewise, in the same year, she further scored 37 points in a playoff-clinching win against the Los Angeles Sparks before retiring from the WNBA in 2014. She became a six-time WNBA All-star. Furthermore, her career gained recognition after receiving the ‘Ring of Honor’ during halftime of the game between the New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm. This honor is given to the players who have made a significant contribution to Liberty’s tradition of excellence and also to the growth of the WNBA. Likewise, on 25th June 2016, she retired her No.25 jersey before the Atlanta Dream game.

Coaching Career

After her retirement as a player, Becky aspired to become a coach. Likewise, during her game against Los Angeles Sparks, she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament and was spending time in rehabilitation. Frequently she began attending the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs’ practices, coaches’ meetings, and games after being invited to contribute her opinions. Moreover, she was hired as an assistant coach for the Spurs and became the second female coach in NBA history. Her contribution made quite an impression on everyone.

Becky Hammon

Caption: Becky coaching her team. Source: Instagram

Moreover, the head coach Gregg Popovich stated during the hiring announcement. “I very much look forward to the addition of she to our staff. Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

She earned huge respect from many NBA players throughout the league. Moreover, she was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and was also the ESPNW’s Woman of the Year. Moreover, on 20th July 2015, she led the Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League title and became the first female NBA head coach to win the Summer League title. Furthermore, in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, she became the first woman to be the part of an All-Star coaching staff.

Net worth

Becky is a retired professional basketball player and an American Basketball coach. According to a source like Celebrity Net Worth, her salary from being a coach is $200 thousand. Likewise, she has a net worth of $500 thousand. However, there is no information regarding her asset value.

Relationship status

Reflecting upon her personal life, Becky is straight and currently single. However, there is a rumor that she is a lesbian and is in a relationship with girlfriend Brenda Milano.  Previously in 2011, there was a rumor that she is in a relationship with fellow basketball player Tony Parker. However, there is no confirmation about is and it does not seem to be true either.

Body Measurement and Social media

Being an athlete, Becky has a strong athletic figure. She stands the height of 5 feet 6 inches tall (66 inches) and weighs around 62 kgs. Likewise, she has fair skin with hazel brown eyes and blonde hair color. However, there is no information regarding her body stats.

Likewise, reflecting upon her social media presence, she is active on various social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. Similarly, she joined Twitter in September 2011 and her Twitter account is @BeckyHammon and has 66.2K followers in it. Likewise, her Youtube channel is ‘Official Becky Hammon’ which she joined on 25th March 2009. Similarly, she has a Facebook account @BeckyHammon. Furthermore, her Instagram account is @officialbeckyhammon and has 128K followers in it.