Becky Hammon Mailbag

Stars guard, Becky Hammon, has had a whirlwind past couple of weeks. Along with announcing her retirement from the WNBA, Hammon has accepted as assistant coaching job with the Spurs and helped lead her team to their seventh postseason appearance in eight years.

Despite her busy schedule, Hammon answered a few questions submitted by Stars fans via our mailbag. Take a look at her answers:

Question: Throughout your WNBA career, which player was your biggest competition? Which player do you wish you could have played against but didn’t?

Becky Hammon: “I’ve been playing for so long that if they were in the league, I was in the league. I think I played pretty much everyone. The players that were the biggest competition were probably Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes. Those two come to mind. They were headaches, obviously for an entire team defense."

Q: What is your favorite movie(s)?

BH: “I have a lot of favorite movies. Braveheart and Gladiator would be two of my more serious movies that I love. On the humorous side I love Anchorman and Bridesmaids. On the romantic side, it would probably be The Notebook.”

Q: Why did you choose 25 as your jersey number? What is the significance of 25?

BH: I was originally 22 and 23 when I was in high school. When I got to college, a senior was number 22 so the equipment manager was like ‘Well, what number do you want to be?’ So I said “I guess I’ll be 25.” Me and 2-5 got along pretty well so I stuck with it."

Q: What is the key for lasting as long as you have in the WNBA?

BH: “You have to continue to learn and evolve your game. You always have to stay ahead with your work ethic. Obviously, it helps to stay healthy and not have any career-ending injuries. There are a lot of really talented people I know whose bodies broke down. Taking care of your body and studying and working hard are key.”