Exclusive-Coach Hammon, once a star in Russia, urges Putin to free Brittney Griner

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By Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A top coach for U.S. women’s pro basketball who once represented Russia at the Olympics has made a plea for Russian President Vladimir Putin to “do the right thing” and quickly release American star player Brittney Griner https://www.reuters.com/world/us/brittney-griner-appears-russian-court-after-us-makes-swap-offer-2022-08-02. Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon, who as a player spent years in Russia and won Olympic bronze for her adopted country, said it was upsetting to see a fellow member of the tight-knit women’s basketball community locked up for …

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