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August 25, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Surgery a possibility for Swin Cash

I’ll have more on this in tomorrow’s newspaper, but as the WNBA welcomes back its Olympians, the Storm could be losing another one of its stars. Storm forward Swin Cash wanted to keep the details of her back injury private because there is still a lot to be discussed, but after interviewing her today, it seems season-ending surgery could be in her future, too. Her agent said in a recent interview that surgery has been mentioned in her previous medical evaluations.
Cash, 28, has suffered from a herniated disk since last season and needed a cortisone shot during the Olympic hiatus to alleviate the pain. She rehabbed her injury in New York while broadcasting from NBC studios during the Games.
Cash plans to play on Thursday, when the WNBA resumes, but will be constantly evaluated. She participated in practice today while Sue Bird, who returned from Beijing on Sunday, did not. Brazilian Olympian Kelly Santos has been practicing with the team since Friday.
“My issue right now is the pain and tolerance,” said Cash, who said she plans to discuss her long-term future with her agent and family before making any firm statements. “Both of my doctors have said they don’t understand how I’m [still] playing. But I pride myself on being mentally tough and I take care of myself, whether it’s eating-wise, weights, or doing certain things. I really don’t have a social life outside of playing sports because it’s constantly getting ready for the next day. That part kind of sucks, but playing this game that I love is worth it.
“God willing [I’ll play the remainder of the season.] We’ll see in the next couple of days. That’s my thing, seeing how my recovery time is. I can get out and play, but it’s always the recovery time the next day and the next day.”
Also weighing on Cash is her contract to play in Prague this fall and another broadcasting contract.
Storm coach Brian Agler still hasn’t signed a player to replace Australian star Lauren Jackson, who is in Sydney preparing for season-ending right ankle surgery on Aug. 28. He said he doesn’t know who he will start against Houston because, “we’ve been off for five weeks and we’re sort of open. We want to try to do whatever we can to win basketball games.”

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