Becky Hammon Defects to Russia For 2008 Olympics

No, this is not a PR ploy by the WNBA to put women’s basketball back on the American tongue… but the sports world is a-buzz today with reports that American born, point guard Becky Hammon has opted to play for the Russian National Basketball team in the 2008 Olympic Games.

From Newsday:

That’s right. Becky Hammon, the WNBA point guard from America’s heartland, is going to march into National Stadium in Beijing under a Russian flag, wearing a Russian uniform. And perhaps the biggest irony of all is that Russia, a country that for years represented the antithesis of a free market, bought her services – fast tracking her to Russian citizenship after she signed a four-year contract for more than $2 million to play for CSKA, a Russian professional team, last winter.

If we could only talk the Ruskies into taking Kobe…

Check out Becky Hammon’s photo gallery after the jump.

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