For five months Becky Hammon heard - despite trying to avoid - her detractors' words.
They called her a traitor. They called her money-grubbing. They said, mincing no words, that Hammon, from America's heartland, should leave the United States and move about 5,000 miles to Russia, the nation for which she is playing basketball.
But Hammon doesn't read newspapers. She won't surf the Internet. She can't, she said, allow such negativity into her mind. Into her life.
So the stories trickled to her from family, from friends: This is what they're saying about you.
After five months of trying not to hear, on Monday, just days before her first Olympics, Hammon listened.