The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced.
Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).
Yep, here were are. The season is winding down, and we are just a few weeks out from the playoffs.
For the remainder of the season, I will be focusing on a series called, “In the Home Stretch”, which will cover the mood, the games, and overall feel of how the Mercury are arriving toward the end of the season and into the playoffs.
It’s go time! We are officially in the stretch run of this year’s WNBA season, and the playoff picture could not be more exciting. Two-and-a-half games separate the second-place team from the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. Three-and-a-half games separate the third-place team and the last-place team in the West. The bottom line: Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta (the only three teams in the league whose records are in the black) have already clinched their berths, but every single team in the league still has a shot to make the playoffs.
Yesterday’s Sun vs. Sparks game showcased two teams struggling to make the playoffs from opposite ends of the spectrum. It also highlighted one of the premiere individual rivalries that fans will enjoy for years to come, in the battle of the Ogwumike sisters.
Fullcourt invited players from around the WNBA to blog periodically throughout the 2014 season. Today, Liberty guard Ta’Shauna “Sugar” Rodgers checks in.
Since I last wrote, we've been winning more games, and we've been doing especially well on the road. The back-to-backs are kind of tough, but we've got more important games coming up. We're treating every game like it's a playoff game. Both our momentum and chemistry is coming up, and we're becoming more mature, which shows in some of the tough games we've pulled out.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- In an ending which you would probably only draw up in Hollywood, Cal Storm Team Taurasi (yes, Diana is a sponsor) erased a 10-point second-half deficit as time expired in regulation and went on to win its first Nike Nationals championship in overtime (65-60) over Tree of Hope (based out of the Seattle area). This marked the first finals meeting of two West Coast teams (Taurasi is based out of California) in the history of this prestigious event.
Sixth woman, unsung hero, secret weapon – call San Antonio Stars guard Jia Perkins what you want, but every name fits.
The 11-year veteran has been a stable and productive presence throughout her professional career. In her fourth season with the Stars, she has made invaluable contributions, her coaches and teammates say.
Well, it doesn’t have the same ring as Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!, but you get the idea.
Tomorrow (7/31) is going to be a big day in the W. Sure, there is a four game line up with several teams in the playoff hunt. But there will be one game everyone will be watching, as the red hot Phoenix Mercury travel to the twin cities to take on their Western Conference rivals, the Minnesota Lynx.
This past spring, Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn announced she'd be retiring at the conclusion of this year's WNBA season. She has been coaching for 44 years, at both the collegiate and professional levels. I sat down with Coach Dunn last night to talk with her about her future plans, and her perspective on the sport after so many years.