Becky Hammon, whose decision to play for Russia in the Olympics garnered a lot of media scrutiny and criticism, has had quite a year. But despite getting swept out of the WNBA Finals, she'll look back on 2008 as a time she cherishes.
Just when it seemed inevitable that Candace Parker and the Sparks were bound for the WNBA Finals, Becky Hammon happened. Seven straight points later from the San Antonio guard, the Silver Stars were headed to their first finals appearance.
Seven players aged 34 or older are spread among the four remaining playoff teams. And as some of the league's most respected payers, it's nice to see them having a chance to win their first WNBA title.