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Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon, who has urged Vladimir Putin to free Brittney Griner and who spent years in Russia as a player and won Olympic bronze for her adopted country, posited the question: What if someone like LeBron James was in Phoenix Mercury center’s place?

“It’s hard to imagine, though, that if this was, you know, LeBron James, that he’d still be sitting over there in jail,” Hammon said, via Reuters. “It’s hard not to let your mind go there.”