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January 6, 2010 at 7:07 PM

WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes lands in Greece

Swoopes3.jpgFormer Storm G Sheryl Swoopes is headed to Greece to play for Esperides (6-3), replacing Los Angeles Sparks F Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. Swoopes is expected to debut next week.
Wisdom-Hylton is joining her alma mater, Purdue, as an assistant coach, according to the Greece team.
The move is all a plot for Swoopes to work her way back to the WNBA, where she was one of the league’s original faces and won four consecutive championships with the defunct Houston Comets. But Swoopes, 38, suffered a back injury in 2007, undergoing surgery that October.
Seattle signed her as a free agent, watching the three-time MVP workout during the offseason. Swoopes spoke of the Storm as a rebirth.
Only she suffered multiple injuries during the 2008 season, averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds — her worst production since her 1997 rookie season when she joined the WNBA weeks after giving birth to her only son. With the league decreasing roster sizes to 11 and Swoopes’ veteran status demanding a higher salary, Storm coach Brian Agler cut her.
But the legend believes she can still contribute in the WNBA, declaring she’s not retired. She spoke with Agler, who’s also director of player personnel, about landing a gig overseas to display her talents to any scout willing to watch. Swoopes remained in shape by playing in various rec league around Seattle and on national traveling teams.
Despite her obvious talent, it’ll be hard for Swoopes to break back into the WNBA. Aside from the limited rosters, the WNBA lost a team in the Sacramento Monarchs and decreased salary caps by about $28,000 from last season’s total.
Swoopes was working as an interim coach at Mercer High until she signed with Greece. Below is a translated version of the press release.
H bigger modern practicing player of basket, legend [Seril] [Soyps] signed in the Social evenings! No-one bad unmixed good after the obligatory replacement of [Lintsei] [Oyisntom] [Chilton] brought in Greece the bigger name in the modern history of woman’s cloth basket [Seril] [Soyps] agreed with the Social evenings and it will fight there for the rest of season! Cup holder Greece they reacted fast afterwards the decision of [Oyisntom] [Chilton] to frame as assistant the bench of [Perntioy] and they acquired [thrylo] the feminine basketball that has not played for above one year but irrelevantly from the risk that includes the decision constitutes certainly turning-point for the Greek data. [Soyps] been born on 25 March 1971 and has gained [peran] world [anagnorisimotitas] (she is the first woman that it took her name athletic shoe of known company), three golden Olympic medals with National USA (1996-2000-2004), led Houston [Komets] with [Sinthia] [Koyper] and [Tina] [Tompson] to four breaks of [kataktiseistoy] title to the WNBA (dynasty 1997-2000). Still elected itself Player of year in the WNBA in 2002, three times leading defensive in same organisation (2000-2002-2003), and MVP of regular period (2000, 2002, 2003). Many called him female Michael [Tzorntan] parallelism excessive that hardly recently characterized also [Ntaiana] [Taoyrasi]. Does not exist doubt that [Soyps] left the mark indelible in the all new athletes and inspired players from the all world. It has also it creates her own institution for the young persons. The graduate of Texas [Tek] wrote her own history in [Komets], Samaras of Russia and certainly is not more her economic problem. It has a son [Tzorntan] from 25 June 1997. Exists also book with her biography while it has become innumerable times cover in important magazines athletically and not. The social evenings made their debt and they convinced [ayto] [ton] fable, the holy monster to deal again and it constitutes certainly enormous price for the overwhelmed Greek woman’s cloth basket her arrival. Independent from the how many it will help fightingly after it is enough behind and wants time, objective of [Esperidon] is to upgrade the space and to give him behind few from his losing glamour. The exoerienced athlete it is improbable to be ready to fight Sunday in the fight with the Panathinaikos in the Avenue but then it will be incorporated regularly.



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