Nneka Ogwumike should have been playing for Nigeria all along

I can’t imagine choosing between where you grew up and your ancestral home, but I

I can’t imagine choosing between where you grew up and your ancestral home, but I envy those whom it might exasperate — such as Ogwumike’s basketball-playing sisters, Chiney of the Los Angeles Sparks and Erica, who was a 2020 WNBA draft pick. Or Nigerian-American men’s basketball players such as the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo, born in Newark to a Nigerian father and Black American mother, who choose to play in Tokyo for the U.S. team. It was upset in an Olympic warmup game two Saturdays ago by the Nigerian squad led by Adebayo’s Heat teammate Gabe Nnamdi, the son of a Nigerian father who goes by Vincent in the United States, plus five other current NBA players and former NBA coach Mike Brown as its coach.