Hammond to Be Honored in Hometown

Hammond's hometown of Zion, Illinois will host ceremony in his honor on Saturday

06/03/10

In just his second year with the Bucks, general manager John Hammond had a successful season, compiling a roster that put Milwaukee in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The NBA recognized Hammond for his accomplishments by naming him the Executive of the Year and now, his hometown of Zion, Illinois wants to recognize his achievements.

On Saturday, June 5, Hammond will head back to Zion for a ceremony in his honor at the Zion Leisure Center Gym (2400 Dowie Memorial Drive). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and Hammond's director of scouting, and fellow Zion native, Billy McKinney will emcee the event.

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Hammond started his basketball career in his hometown as he played at Zion-Benton High School. After graduating in 1972, he went on to Greenville College in Illinois and furthered his career by lettering twice in basketball and serving as a student assistant coach. After he left Illinois, Hammond's coaching career continued in the college ranks at Southwest Missouri State, Houston Baptist, Nebraska and at the high school level in Nebraska.

In 1989, Hammond entered the NBA as an assistant coach and scout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and worked under McKinney. After an assistant coaching stint with the Los Angeles Clippers and two terms with the Detroit Pistons, which included seven 50-win seasons, two trips to the NBA Finals and a 2004 NBA Championship during his seven years as Vice President of Basketball Operations, Hammond was named the Bucks General Manager on April 11, 2008.

Hammond is the first Bucks General Manager in franchise history to win the Executive of the Year award. He made a number of effective moves this year, including drafting point guard Brandon Jennings, signing Ersan Ilyasova along with Jerry Stackhouse and trading for Carlos Delfino and John Salmons, which helped the Bucks earn their first playoff berth since 2006 and amass 46 wins during the regular season, a 20-game improvement from the team he took over in 2008.