Nancy Lieberman is a trendsetter in basketball. Lieberman has worked hard amongst both men and women in basketball on the court and in coaching for over 20 years.
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Currently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, she’s always defied odds. While in high school as a junior, Lieberman represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games in 1975.
She’d make history afterward when she made the Olympic team and earned a silver medal. History was made then when she became the youngest basketball medal winner in the history of the Olympics.
In between then and now, Coach Lieberman played on the U.S. Women’s National Team, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and was the president of the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Like Lieberman, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammon is also a trendsetter in sports. A sixteen year WNBA vet, Hammon signed with the New York Liberty as an undrafted free agent in 1999 and played for New York until 2006.
“My journey as a basketball player and how the fans have always embraced me even when I was the last person on the bench; I have had to work my way up each year with the Liberty,” Becky Hammon told me.
“Nothing came easy to me.”
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During her stint with the Liberty, the 5’6 guard helped lead the franchise to three WNBA Finals appearances. She retired from basketball in 2014 as a member of the San Antonio Stars. In the summer of 2015, Hammon coached the San Antonio Spurs’ summer league team to a championship in Las Vegas.
“I think that her story herself is very inspiring for not only women but it’s that underdog story,” retired WNBA player Swin Cash told me.
“She came into a situation where she had to fight her way to get everything she has.”
Lieberman is elated that both she and Lieberman bore over the years as it relates to equality. “It’s what we do,” Nancy Lieberman told me on Scoop B Radio,
“I mean I’ve been coaching for 22 years now and everything I’ve done in my life I’ve been around guys whether it was playing for Pat Riley and the Lakers in their summer league or playing for the Jazz in ’86. I was head coach of the Dallas Mavericks D-League team five years ago, the Texas Legends. So this is just normal for me. However, the more people see Becky and myself the more it becomes normal to everybody else this is just what we do and we’re comfortable doing it.”
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