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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 07: Assistant coach Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs calls to players during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on January 07, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. [Tim Nwachukwu] via Getty Images

After a very eventful offseason, the Las Vegas Aces opened training camp a couple of weeks ago with renewed expectations under new head coach Becky Hammon, who replaces Bill Laimbeer. Hammon is a former WNBA star, playing 16 years in the league.

The Aces made the playoffs last season but were ousted in the semifinals by Phoenix.

As training camp opened the Aces looked slightly different without the presence of center Liz Cambage, who was a free agent and signed with Los Angeles. All Star forward A’ja Wilson returns to the team however along with three other starters from last season. Coach Hammon says the Aces will play a different style of basketball this season with less low post play and more three point shooting with a faster pace.

The Aces’ new style was on display last night as they played their only exhibition game, losing 89-86 to the Lynx in Minnesota. Las Vegas shot 23 three pointers in the game and got to the free throw line 33 times. Kelsey Plum led the Aces with 16 points.

Las Vegas opens regular season play this Friday at Phoenix at 7pm. Phoenix All Star center Brittney Griner won’t play as she is still being detained in Russia on drug smuggling charges. The Aces will play their first home game on Sunday, May 8 vs. Seattle at 7pm at Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay.

 

 

Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.