The four-time W.N.B.A. All-Star Liz Cambage and the Los Angeles Sparks are parting ways, the latest thorny ending for the star center who only three months ago confidently declared that the team was “where I want to be.”

On Tuesday, the Sparks announced that they and Cambage, 30, had agreed to a “contract divorce” just five months after the team added her to its roster. A 6-foot-8 Australian, she averaged 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 games this season; she still holds the W.N.B.A. single-game scoring record with 53 points.


“It was a surprise — I didn’t know what really escalated it,” Fred Williams, the team’s interim coach, said at a media availability on Tuesday. “A lot of it could have been things off the court, off floor, who knows. Having conversations with her afterward, it just felt it was good for her personally to make that move. All we can do as an organization is support that and her decisions and just move on.”


She was part of a Sparks rebuild under Derek Fisher, the former N.B.A. player who was brought on as general manager. But the Sparks fired Fisher in June and replaced him with Williams, who also coached Cambage in Dallas.

“I have to respect what she wants,” Williams said. “You have to listen because it could be something else, could be something that’s not related to basketball.”

Williams said he hopes Cambage has another opportunity to play.

“I think she has room right now to check the temperature of herself,” he said.

Courtesy: New York Times


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