Hammon To Rest Before Joining Nadezhda

07.10.2010

Becky Hammon isn't quite ready to return to Russian league basketball but the national team point guard will join Nadezhda Orenburg soon enough.

The playmaker is among the new faces at Nadezhda, a team that played in the EuroLeague a couple of seasons ago when she was on the books of CSKA Moscow.

USA center Tina Charles, who just played a vital role for the Americans in their gold-medal triumph at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, has signed for the team.

"I'm going to take some days off," Hammon said this week to Basketball World News.

"I need to rest my hamstring and get my feet and give my head a rest before I go."

Hammon said she did not travel to the club before deciding to sign.

"I've played there before for other teams but haven't visited yet," she said.

"I haven't been in the town long enough to know much about it."

Nadezhda reached EuroCup Women Finals last year and lost over two legs to Athinaikos.

The team is coached by Vladimir Koloskov.

"I think we should be very competitive," Hammon said.

"We have a couple of Belorussians that are very good so I think we can win a lot of games."

Nadezhda have Anastasiya Verameyenka, one of the Belarus national team's top players.

Belarus upset Hammon's Russia in the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA World Championship for Women.

As for domestic matters, Hammon said: "It's still going to be very difficult in the Russian league with Spartak, Ekaterinburg."


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