Hooping for another country can be side door to the Olympics

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SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Yvonne Anderson knew playing in the Olympics for the U.S. was a longshot at best. Realistically, it was likely never going to happen. But the Arkansas native is here is at the Tokyo Games, realizing her Olympic dream — with Serbia. Anderson isn’t the only women’s basketball player to take this alternate route. Becky Hammon might be the most well-known player to realize her Olympic dreams somewhere other than the country they call home. She’s not the only Olympic import in Japan taking advantage of a FIBA rule allowing countries to tap players with dual citizenships or a player who becomes a naturalized citizen. Former UConn forward Gabby Williams is playing for France. Astou Ndour, born in Senegal, is playing in her second Olympics with Spain. 

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