SAN ANTONIO – Becky Hammon ranks as an NBA legend, the league announced Sunday.
Commemorating its landmark 25th season, the WNBA certified the Spurs assistant coach as one of its 25 “greatest and most influential players,” according to a list unveiled on ABC during halftime of the game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Chicago Sky.
“Throughout this season, the WNBA and our fans are celebrating the impact the WNBA has made on sports and society over a quarter of a century,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “I can think of no better way to honor those responsible for that impact than by unveiling the members of this prestigious group, The W25.
“These athletes have played the game at the highest level on the court – they are scorers and rebounders, assist makers and defensive stoppers, leaders and mentors. In the community, they have powerful voices, individually and collectively, speaking out on important issues in our society. Together, they have transformed the way the game is played, changed the way athletes are viewed, become incredible role models, and inspired generations of young, diverse athletes.”
The ”W25” includes 10 current players: Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, and Diana Taurasi.
Fifteen retired players are also among the honorees: Hammon Seimone Augustus, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Maya Moore, Ticha…