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Candace Parker: Becky Hammon’s NBA prospects are ‘huge honor’

Becky Hammon could soon find herself in the NBA. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images)

While Becky Hammon won’t give much away information about her NBA coaching prospects, Las Vegas Aces players are not surprised their coach is garnering interest.

The NBA’s Toronto Raptors had received permission to approach Hammon about an interview for their head coach opening, ESPN reported Thursday.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Aces’ championship coach has emphasized transparency with players about the process. She is also adamant that she is as committed to the Aces as ever so long as she remains the team’s coach.

“I’m their coach,” Hammon said, “and they know I love being their coach. … I told them where my time and energy is and that’s with this team.”

Aces guard Jackie Young was not shocked to hear that Hammon was being linked to NBA jobs.

“She’s a great coach,” Young said. “She’s one of the best in the league, and so with that things are going to come.”

The Aces will enter the season as the defending champions after winning the first title in franchise history in 2022. Already, the team has sold nearly 5,200 season tickets for 2023.

“Obviously whenever we walk in, she wants us to give her 100% effort and be locked in 100%,” Young continued.

Guard Sydney Colson added: “Until she comes to us and says something is going on, we’re showing up every day just like she’s showing up every day.”

Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker offered a wider viewpoint. While she hopes Hammon will remain with the Aces this season, she also recognizes the history that could be made, she said. Hammon, who was a finalist for the Portland Trail Blazers job in 2021, could become the first woman head coach in NBA history. 

“It is a huge honor, let’s not second-guess that,” Parker said. “That’s a huge honor for her to be mentioned in that.”