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.
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.