Reacting for the first time since missing out on team USA Tokyo roster, Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike has said her ouster was more of a ‘Hurt’ than ‘shock’. She made this revelation in a chat with ESPN.
About two weeks ago, Nneka was omitted from the 12-player roster. This did not go down well with many, questioning the decision to drop a former WNBA MVP, making her the only former WNBA MVP to not make an Olympic roster in her career.
The aforementioned WNBPA president said she was hurt rather than shocked because she had experienced it before, but accepted her fate, as it is now time to move on with her career.
“It was more of a hurt than a shock, because I had experienced it before, But there are decisions made in this life that you can’t control. I allowed myself to feel the hurt, but moving on, I decided, ‘I’m going to try to put matters in my own hands.“
Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Erica Ogwumike are on the thresholds of history if they make the 12-player roster. Nneka believes it is something that her family will be proud of, adding that being a big part of her heritage will be superb.
“It’s something I know my family would be very proud of, for it to happen would be such a blessing. To be able to do something big for a big part of our heritage would be fantastic. I’m hoping it will contribute to the growth we’re experiencing for Africa in basketball.”
Together they bring eight All-Star appearances, six gold medals (FIBA, World University Games, U18), five NCAA Final Four appearances, two WNBA Rookie of the Year awards and over 10 NCAA conference honors.
Nneka Ogwumike has amassed quite a lot of medals for team USA, she’s been a regular on the team winning gold medals in two FIBA World Cups, Ogwumike’s stacked résumé also includes six All-Star appearances, four All-WNBA team nods, four All-WNBA All-Defensive Team appearances and one Euroleague Championship. She was a Team USA camp participant the last five years and was Team USA’s leading scorer last year. Ogwumike is also the WNBA players association president.