Becky Hammon will be inducted into the New York Liberty Ring of Honor Sunday during halftime of the Liberty-Storm game (3 PM, MSG). Hammon signed with New York as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State in 1999 and spent eight seasons with the Liberty. Now Hammon serves as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, and in doing so became the first full-time, salaried female coach in NBA history. Let’s look back at some of the memorable moments of her illustrious Liberty career:
Game-Winning Assist in Playoffs (9/28/04)
The stage was set. It was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Liberty and Shock and the game was tied at 64 in the final seconds. Hammon had the ball in her hands but instead of shooting she found Bethany Donaphin, who hit the game-winning shot as the Liberty eliminated the defending WNBA champions.
Liberty-High 33 Points (6/6/03)
Hammon scored a then career-high and franchise-high 33 points in New York’s 70-60 victory over Minnesota. Hammon also set career highs for field goals made (12) and 3-pointers made (6) in the victory. She also crossed the 1,000 career point plateau with a 3-pointer in the second half.
Hugging T-Spoon (9/4/1999)
Arguably the most iconic moment in Liberty history: Teresa’s Weatherspoon’s half-court buzzer beater to beat the Houston Comets in Game 2 of WNBA Finals. And who was the first person there to celebrate with her? None other than Becky Hammon.
Half Court Shot (5/30/06)
With the first half clock winding down, Hammon caught a pass near midcourt took two steps then launched a heave at the basket. The shot hit nothing but net, stunning the opposing Indian Fever and their fans.
Team-High Points in Series Clincher (2000)
Coming off of losing the WNBA Finals in 1999, the Liberty returned to the postseason the following year. In the opening round, they met Washington. With a chance to clinch the series in Game 2, Hammon stepped up and scored 19 points as the Libs ousted the Mystics.
2000 Career Points (8/15/05)
Hammon eclipsed the 2,000 career point mark against the Washington Mystics during the 2005 season. She was then honored with a special basketball commemorating the achievement on August 25, 2005, at The Garden.
Libs Win in OT on 10th Anniversary (6/3/06)
In the home opener of the 2006 season, the Liberty played the Los Angeles Sparks. Before the game, the Liberty held a ceremony honoring the 10th anniversary of the Liberty and the WNBA. Former Liberty greats Teresa Weatherspoon, Sue Wicks, Kym Hampton and Rebecca Lobo were all in attendance. In a tightly contested game, Hammon and the Liberty prevailed in overtime, 89-79.