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The profound grief throughout the WNBA following Brittney Griner’s conviction and sentencing was understandable.

So, too, Becky Hammon’s fury.

Asked her thoughts about the nine-year sentence imposed Thursday on the two-time Olympic champion and eight-time WNBA All-Star, Hammon initially said, “I certainly have a lot of thoughts on it.” She paused briefly, then called Griner’s detainment since Feb. 17 “heartbreaking” and “beyond concerning.”

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