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Women's Hoops

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May 6, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Burse writes about decision not to return

Storm C Janell Burse arrived in Houston late on Monday too groggy to talk. She did send an e-mail explaining her decision not to return this season and we’ll have more on the scramble it places the Storm in in tomorrow’s newspaper. For now, here’s Burse’s side of the story:
About my decision not to play this summer. It was definitely something that I struggled with. It was by far the toughest decision I ever had to make. I thought about my teammates the most, and the great opportunity to win another championship with the roster we have. Also the privilege to play with such decorated players whom I’ve always looked up to and respected in this league. When I initially signed the contract, I felt like I had enough juice in the tank to make it through the summer, but after our semifinals and finals in the Czech Republic my body started to tell me it really needed more time to rest. Seven years of playing year round basketball has taken a toll on my body. I want to enjoy the rest of my career, not continually play with nagging over use injuries, pushing myself past the point of exhaustion. I didn’t want to come into the season feeling the way I did, not having 100% of myself to give. I didn’t think it would be fair to the team or myself. I truly hope that everyone can respect and understand my decision.
-JB

Meanwhile, Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird evened their championship series in Russia and G Tanisha Wright is expected back on Thursday.

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