The long and storied career of Becky Hammon will come to a close at home tonight. Hammon is retiring after 16 seasons in the league and tonight will mark her final game playing in San Antonio. She spent eight seasons in San Antonio and will go on to become the first full time assistant coach for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs after the season ends.
The San Antonio Stars meanwhile are playing for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Phoenix Mercury, Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks have all clinched berths. The Stars (14-18) face the defending champion Minnesota Lynx (24-8) for the fifth and final time tonight. The Stars are battling the Seattle Storm who are also competing for the final playoff spot. With a win tonight, the Stars clinch the final berth in the West. With a loss, the Stars will have to wait for the Sparks and Storm game later on. If the Storm win, the Stars have to wait until Sunday night against the Chicago Sky to clinch.
This season, the Stars at home are 7-9 while the Lynx are 10-6 on the road. After the game, there will be a retirement ceremony will feature tributes from WNBA president Laurel Richie, Spurs Sport & Entertainment president RC Buford and Stars head coach Dan Hughes. There will also be video tributes and special guests will be at the game including national ABC news anchor Robin Roberts.
– The game will be close to a sellout due to the final home game as well as the Becky Hammon retirement ceremony, so if you are going to the game, arrive early.
– This is the last home game the Stars will play at the AT&T Center until 2016 due to renovations happening in 2015 at the arena next summer. The Stars have not yet announced where they will play for next season.
The game will tip off at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST at the AT&T Center. It will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest in San Antonio and on Fox Sports Minnesota in Minneapolis. It will also be televised nationally on NBA TV. The retirement ceremony will also be televised on NBA TV as well on Fox Sports Southwest