Becky Hammon played eight seasons for the San Antonio Stars, and was the face of the franchise during its glory years. She has her No. 25 retired in the rafters at the AT&T Center, the only WNBA player to achieve that honor in the Alamo City. So Hammon’s reaction to the news San Antonio is poised to lose the only WNBA franchise it has ever known was not surprising. “It sucks,” Hammon said.
For Hammon, now an assistant coach with the NBA’s Spurs, the planned move struck a chord. “I’m sad,” Hammon told the Express-News before the Spurs’ preseason game in Houston on Friday. “I put a lot of literal blood, sweat and tears into that team. I’m more sad for the young girls and boys in the area. I’m sad for the next generation.”
Sale of the WNBA’s Stars is “imminent” and the team will relocate to another city, a source close to the situation told the San Antonio Express-News. The Spurs currently own the team. Tom James, Spurs Sports and Entertainment senior director of communications, declined to comment.
The Minnesota Lynx saw the 2016 championship slip away because of a missed defensive rebound with only seconds remaining. It haunted Sylvia Fowles for a full year. So, given a chance to deny the Sparks a second title in as many years in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Fowles came up with a crucial rebound in the final minute to secure her team’s fourth title since 2011 with an 85-76 win. Fowles, who grabbed 20 rebounds and scored 17 points, was named the Finals MVP. She was also the 2017 league MVP.