Friday evening marked Becky Hammon's debut as the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces after eight years as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. It was just another monumental moment in her career that already includes a retired jersey in the WNBA and being the first acting head coach in NBA history.
Hammon's new role as the highest-paid coach in WNBA history is a deserved, even if she's clearly been ready for an NBA head coach role for a few years now. That's a conversation for another day though, as she now has a five-year contract to fulfill.
Starting her time as an assistant under Gregg Popovich in 2014, Hammon quickly became a valuable asset to the coaching staff and was beloved by everyone who suited up for the Silver and Black along the way.
As Becky begins her new venture with a steady new head coach position, let's take a look back at some of the most memorable things people in the organization have said about her influence in San Antonio.
1. "She's one of the best coaches I've ever had." - Danny Green
The Spurs gave Danny Green his first real shot at being an important role player in the NBA, and it's safe to say it paid off for both sides. The New York native played a key role in their back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014 and even had a strong case for Finals MVP had the Spurs pulled off the win in the first year.
Throughout his basketball career, Green has played for heavily respected coaches like Nick Nurse, Mike Brown, Frank Vogel, and Roy Williams in addition to Gregg Popovich. In an interview with the Denver Post in 2020, the veteran guard said Becky was in the top five coaches he's ever played for.
“It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, this is... our female coach,’” Green said. “It was like, ‘Coach, or Coach Hammon or Becky’. "She’s got some good stuff. See Becky about this or talk to her about that.”