Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Hammon is a WNBA player who plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars. Becky played high school basketball at Stevens High School in her hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Hammon had a distinguished career at Colorado State. Her prolific scoring made her an All-American as well as Colorado Sportswoman of the Year.
As a pro, Hammon had the best season of her career in 2007, posting career high averages of 18.8 ppg (fourth best) and 5.0 apg (first in WNBA). She is also an MVP candidate after leading the Silver Stars to a 20-14 record and the second seed in the Western Conference.
So why has this seemingly All-American girl decided not to play for the United States in the 2008 Olympics? Perhaps even more disturbing, why has she chosen to play for Russia?
Well, in her defense, she is a Russian citizen and she was afraid she would not make the US Women's National Basketball Team.
But perhaps more telling is that Russia's coach, Igor Grudin, is also the sports director of the CSKA team that Hammon plays for in Moscow during the WNBA off-season.
So the almighty US dollar is good enough for her when she cashes her WNBA checks, but her devotion will be to Russia in the Olympic games? Shame on her I say. You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. And whatever happened to loving your country?
When she sings the National Anthem at games, is she quietly humming The Hymn of the Russian Federation?
Last I looked, while there was no more Cold War, Russia was still a Communist country that supports Iran's nuclear weapons program. Maybe Becky would like to go live there year-round and collect her rubles playing there instead of making the real money she does here in the States? Yeah, when pigs fly. Or When the crayfish on the hill whistles.
US National Coach Anne Donovan calls her a traitor. Many recognize it as a business decision. Any way you choose to look at it, it is what it is and I hope she can live with her decision. For come to think of it, as the Boss once sang, it's a sad person who's living in their own skin but can't stand the company.
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