The legend of Becky Hammon continues to grow as the Las Vegas Aces raised her no. 25 to the rafter on Monday night, following their victory over against the Dallas Wings.
“I was undrafted and played for 16 years, I wasn’t supposed to be here, but here I am,” Hammon said during her jersey retirement.
“I couldn’t have dreamed of how the last 20 years have played out. You never know what’s going to when you show up and keep trying to get better every day.”
Hammond, who is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, played 16 seasons in the WNBA—eight with the New York Liberty and the other eight with the Aces, when they were San Antonio Silver Stars.
The Stars retired Hammons no. 25 back in June 2016, while the team was still in San Antonio. Hammons number remained in the Rafters at the AT&T Center.
Purchased by Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, the Stars relocated to Vegas—and began donning a new name—in 2018.
The fact that he’s kind of digging into the history tells me the care and concern that he’s putting into it,” Hammon said in a video call Sunday from Las Vegas. “There’s people that can say the right things, and then people who do the right things. I’m super excited [the Aces] want to establish a history and a culture and a winning identity. They’re willing to put their money where their mouth is. It’s important as the league grows that we do remember the people that came before.”
Hammon is currently the Aces’ franchise leader in assists, 3-pointers, and free-throw percentage.