Hammon to Represent Liberty at Radio City

After taking over the point guard position this year and currently leading the New York Liberty to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, Becky Hammon has been selected as a WNBA All-Star to participate in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball game on August 5th at Radio City Music Hall. Last season Hammon was voted as a WNBA All-Star despite only playing 11 games due to an ACL injury. This year Hammon is healthy and ready to participate in the game.

Nyliberty.com caught up with Hammon to ask her about her thoughts on the Libertyís first half of the season and her selection to the WNBA All-Star team.

Hammon at the WNBA All-Star game in 2003.

How did you feel when you were notified that you were selected to be on the WNBA All-Star team for the WNBA vs. USA game at Radio City?

I was in the airport and was at a loss for words. I was overcome with excitement because I have the opportunity to take part in a unique event that has never happened before and, maybe, will never happen again. I was overwhelmed emotionally considering where I was a year ago and now Iím playing in the All-Star game!

What does it mean to you to have made the All- Star team as a point guard in your first year at the position?

I really feel that this was a great accomplishment for me. My teammates and coaches have been very patient and have helped me along the way as I made the transition from shooting guard to point. However, to make this elite roster at any position is an honor.

Which All-Star teammate are you looking forward to playing with the most on August 5th?

Natalie Williams. I have known Natalie for quite some time and she sets a mean pick. It will be a pleasure getting to play with her.

What is the biggest adjustment you have had to make moving to point guard from shooting guard?

Taking on an increased amount of responsibility is the biggest adjustment that Iíve had to make since becoming the point. As the point guard youíre constantly making decisions, trying to get your teammates involved, and you always need to know whatís going on during the game.

What have you learned about your team in the first half of this season?

I have learned that this team has a very strong core. The first half of the season has been very emotional for everyone with our initial win streak followed by a losing streak and then the coaching change, but we were able to pull ourselves together and climb back atop the conference standings.

What do you think of the USA team that the league has assembled?

The league has put together a very competitive group of women. I think this USA team has more talent than any of the other teams the USA has sent to the Olympics. I think they will represent our country well and we wish them the best of luck.

Do you have any advice for players taking the stage at Radio City for the first time?

Take a deep breath and soak it all up. Have as much fun as you can because itís a once in a lifetime experience.

How do you think the Olympic break will effect teams in the league?

I think the Olympic break will do one of two things, it will either help you or hurt you. It really depends on what the players and teams choose to do during that time. If you do not pick up a ball during the entire break then of course you will be negatively effected, but if teams continue to practice hard and remain conditioned then they should not have any problems in September. The break will give teams like ours a chance to heal and recover from injuries.

Come support Becky Hammon, the WNBA All-Stars and give the U.S. Olympic team a memorable send off on another entertaining night in front of a roaring crowd at Radio City Music Hall on August 5, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.