Stunning Olympic snub of Nneka Ogwumike about basketball politics, not talent


The Olympic rosters are beginning to take shape, and the story is not only who makes Team USA, but who doesn’t.

Some athletes, like Stephen Curry, made the choice themselves. Others, like Cal swimmer Nathan Adrian, lose out by a hair: Adrian missed his fourth Olympic team by .25 seconds, but had beautiful perspective, as both a testicular cancer survivor and new father of a baby girl.

And then there’s the case of Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike.

“I’m physically sick about this,” Ogwumike’s college coach Tara VanDerveer said this week. “It’s like a punch in the gut.”

Ogwumike was shockingly, inexplicably left off the U.S. women’s basketball roster for Tokyo, when the team was announced on Monday. One of the most accomplished players in the women’s game, this was expected to be Ogwumike’s year – she was left off the team in both 2012 and 2016.

The omission rattled…

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