Becky Hammon has had quite the summer. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich entrusted NBA Summer League head coaching duties on Hammon, making her the first female head coach in NBA Summer League history. If the story were to end there it’d still be one of the most significant storylines of the year. But Hammon and the Spurs weren’t satisfied with just an appearance in Summer League. No, they wanted to take home the championship. And they did. Hammon guided the Spurs to the Summer League title in a win over the Phoenix Suns. Since then Hammon has rightly received much laud. On Sunday, she was recognized once again for her contributions – this time on the court. The New York Liberty inducted Hammon into their Ring of Honor, a recognition bestowed on players “who have made the most significant contributions to the Liberty’s tradition of excellence and to the growth of the WNBA.”
The WNBA is ready to look into expansion. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie said in her state of the league address Saturday that an expansion committee would be formed after the season. The league, in its 19th season, currently has 12 teams – down from the high of 16 in the early 2000s. The WNBA last added a team in 2008 when the Atlanta Dream joined. “I always say it gets closer and closer,” Richie said. “We will be forming an expansion committee to look at it and make a concrete plan and strategy on how we think about it, approach it, the timing. I’m not saying expansion is absolutely on the horizon. There is no date.”
Isiah Thomas’s petition for partial ownership of the Liberty is being examined by a committee of owners from the W.N.B.A.’s board of governors, the league announced Monday. Thomas was the president of the Knicks from 2003 to 2008, and their coach in the 2006-7 and 2007-8 seasons. After being fired as coach, he remained with the team in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by a former team employee, Anucha Browne Sanders, cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. Sanders, now known professionally as Anucha Browne, said that she had been sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable.