This is Our Game:
New York’s Becky Hammon
What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile,
or waking up early?
"I think those are the times when you have to motivate yourself even more so. Those are times when you have to get up and go harder. Most of the time, once I get to the gym and have a good workout, I feel much better anyway, so knowing that, I don't like to skip it. If I do miss it, I know I'll feel worse later so I might as well go and do it in the first place. I guess just knowing how it's going to make me feel when I'm done. That sense of accomplishment. You get more energized when you work out. The end result motivates me.."
2005 All-WNBA honoree Becky Hammon
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"Never gave up. Always stayed focused, looking forward and doing whatever I needed to do to get my knee better. Never really lost that. Some of the weights got monotonous after awhile, but I was so mentally driven and focused on getting back to the court that I was going to do whatever it took. There is not a better job in the world for me. To get up and play a game and do what you love and get paid, it's a huge blessing to be able to do what I do. It's just important to never take it for granted. Often times, when I do moan and groan, I think back to 2003 when I couldn't have it. That drove me crazy."
Q. So did being out in 2003 motivate you to be even
"I missed it like crazy when I was away. I was fit to be tied trying to get out on the court. We took it really slowly, so I had to be patient. It was a trying time. You want to rush back, but with ACL injuries, you can be back in six or seven months, but is that the best thing for your injury? Probably not. Time is the best thing for it, to let it rest and heal. It's also amazing what doctors can do now. The human body's ability to heal and repair itself after such trauma is amazing. For what they do, and I had the greatest doctor, he did a great job, world-renowned. I remember when he walked in for surgery that morning. It was like 6am, he came in at like 4am from being out. But I was just glad to see that he wore his glasses."
Q. In these past two
seasons, you have been as good as anyone and led your team to the playoffs. Do
you work out more than you did back then?
"Do more quad and hip strengthening. More so than I did in the past. Maintain muscles so that they can protect the knee."
Q. How important is a healthy diet and good
nutrition for your overall success??
"I pretty much eat whatever I want for the most part. But I do try and get some vegetables every day, whether it is in a salad or whatever."
Q. So what else drives
you? Do you have other goals you've set for yourselves off the court?
"I have been doing some television this offseason. I relly want to stay in the game, so I might get into coaching. Probably college or the WNBA. Depends on what opportunities come up. Maybe do some motivational speaking. Those are things that have all crossed my mind. Trying to lay the groundwork for each of those a little bit, so that when I do stop, I do have some things to fall back on."