Spurs assistant Becky Hammon’s path to becoming NBA head coach now goes through Las Vegas.
As had been said, Hammon would be leaving Spurs at the end of the season to take over as WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. Shams Charania announced that the parties were close to a deal.
Barely arrived: Becky Hammon, San Antonio Spurs assistant and WNBA legend, makes historic deal to become WNBA’s new Las Vegas Aces head coach, sources tell me and @ChantelJennings.https: //t.co/upEi4FMKrs
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 31, 2021
It would be a five-year contract, the largest coaching contract in WNBA history. Hammon succeeds Bill Laimbeer, who has reportedly resigned.
In his quest to become the head coach of the NBA, Hammon has turned down other jobs in the past, as head coach of the University of Florida women’s basketball team and coach of the University of Florida men’s team. Colorado State basketball. She has interviewed for a number of NBA coaching positions, and the last offseason would have been a runner-up for the head coach position in Portland (how close she got depends on who you ask. ).
Only one former WNBA coach became NBA head coach Michael Cooper, but he was also a former NBA player.
Hammon takes over an Ace team that was 24-8, finished first in the Western Conference, but lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the playoffs last season. Las Vegas, which reached the WNBA final the previous season, is led by former MVP and Olympian A’ja Wilson.
If getting back to the NBA is Hammon’s ultimate goal, proving she has the presence it needs, that she can do the job as a head coach, and be successful in that role could make Las Vegas a stepping stone. Or maybe the former WNBA star who played 16 seasons in the league decides she’s happy in WNBA. All that should matter is what Hammon wants, what she thinks is best for herself, her family and her career.
And from the next WNBA season, it will be in Las Vegas.