In the latest episode of “As the WNBA Turns,” Australian Olympian Liz Cambage has opted not to honor her contract to return to the Tulsa Shock. Citing fatigue to Aussie press, Cambage didn’t board her flight Monday.
”Monday morning came and I just couldn’t do it, I couldn’t go,” she said. ”It was last-minute and I’m sorry for that. To be honest, it was unfair on the team and the rest of the girls (the Shock)to come over when I wasn’t 100 per cent.”
The Shock (5-19) defeated Atlanta 84-80 on Tuesday. The Dream (12-13) are in the midst of their own set of problems. But in terms of Cambage, it’s almost understandable why she didn’t return.
Tulsa has 10 games remaining, departing for a two-game road trip Friday. The matchup at Minnesota is actually the back-end of a back-to-back playing at Los Angeles on Thursday — a game heavily billed as Cambage’s big return.
Technically, it is a lot of travel, as Cambage expressed to ESPN via phone on Wednesday. Australian Olympians were whipped around their country, the Opals winning bronze in the London Games. Cambage made history with women’s basketball’s first dunk and capped celebrations with her 21st birthday bash Aug. 18.