I've waited on posting my thoughts on the topic, only because I was certain that after the Becky Hammon "controversy" that came about with her joining the Russian National team, people would soon turn their patriotic wrath against Chris Kaman.
It never happened.
So in case you weren't aware, the Grand Rapids, Michigan-native has been lighting up the courts for the German team alongside actual German Dirk Nowitzki.
So why were we so adamant in chastising Hammon?
Was it because she did it for the money?
What's more American than capitalism? At least Becky lives more than half the year in Russia.
Kaman, whose great-grandparents were German, became a German just this month and to my knowledge really has no other ties to the country.
Yet, we hear not a peep of criticism. No OTL specials. No coaches criticizing his Americanism.
I personally don't fault either athlete for their choice to play ball elsewhere. But I do fault critics for having a double standard.