Hammon Has Successful Surgery

GREENBURGH, N.Y., July 7, 2003 – New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon underwent successful knee surgery this morning to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of her right knee, it was announced today by Senior Vice President and General Manager, Carol Blazejowski.

“The surgery to reconstruct Becky’s right anterior cruciate ligament went well,” said New York Knicks team physician, Dr. Norman Scott who performed the surgery this morning from Beth Israel Hospital Singer Division. “We look forward to a full recovery and expect her to be ready for the 2004 season.”

Hammon, who recorded a career-high and franchise-high 33 points against the Minnesota Lynx on June 6 and registered her 1,000th career point, was averaging 14.7 ppg, 1.9 rebounds and at least two three-pointers a contest before suffering the season-ending injury, which took place on Friday, June 26th against the Detroit Shock at Madison Square Garden.

“We are relieved that today’s surgery went well,” said New York Liberty Senior Vice President and General Manager, Carol Blazejowski. “Becky's fearless and competitive approach to the game is exactly the way she will attack her rehabilitation. We are confident she will return to the Liberty in top form next season.”