WNBA basketball player Becky Hammon is going to be playing for Russia in this summer’s 2008 Beijing Olympics. So what is the problem you might ask? Well for one she was born in America and has sold her soul to play for Russia. Judas became a Russian citizen when she signed a $2 million dollar – four year contract to play for CSKA.
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.
$2 million bucks to play women’s basketball is a ton of money. Many will have varying opinions on Hammon’s decision to compete for Russia against the United States in the Summer Olympics. She is likely to receive lots of nasty letters along with many Americans who will support her and her decision.
Hammon is currently averaging 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars. She played her college ball at Colorado State and has been in the NBA for 9 years.
How do you feel about Becky becoming a Russian citizen to compete in the Olympics?