It began with her WNBA coach Dan Hughes putting in a good word with Gregg Popovich -- perhaps Becky Hammon could peek her head into a few Spurs practices, he wondered. A year later, Hammon is a groundbreaking sports coach. How did that happen?
The Mercury have set the standard this season. But with the return of Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus, Minnesota finally has all five of its starters on the floor again for the first time since last fall's WNBA Finals.
She was one of the most dominant NCAA players of the past decade, but Courtney Paris struggled to find a spot in the WNBA. Five seasons after being drafted No. 7 overall, she's a regular starter for Tulsa.