From the Twitter file, a couple of Storm fans are wondering about the health of free agent Loree Moore (pictured right).
This would have been a big week for the former New York PG as Moore was released from the final year of her contract with the Liberty for an opportunity to backup Sue Bird on the Storm’s roster. Instead, Moore suffered a knee injury two weeks into training camp, getting waived by Seattle. She remains in the city under WNBA rules to undergo surgery on her torn left meniscus and for rehabilitation, yet isn’t guaranteed anything once full recovered.
So, how is that rehab going?
“Now I’m starting to be more functional, I’m doing more resistance stuff — slides, lunges and side and front walks,” said Moore, who had surgery May 10. “I’m starting to get the motion back and being more active.”
When Moore first left the hospital, she stayed with fellow Tennessee alum Ashley Robinson. The latter pampered her with breakfast and any needs since Moore couldn’t walk. Moore is currently able to stay on her own, going to home games and receiving treatment prior to tipoff.
“I’m at a good spot, probably the 80 (percent) mark,” said Moore, who’ll need about eight-weeks to recover. She still isn’t doing any on-court drills. “Everybody is pleased where I’m at and we’re moving at a good pace. We’re just adding a little bit as we move along.
“The pain-factor is getting better. In the beginning it was a little rough, but as we’re progressing with things, it’s going away. The soreness and swelling is going away, so I’m very happy.”
Moore, a five-year veteran, isn’t allowing herself to think too far into the future regarding returning to the WNBA. Storm coach Brian Agler said she remains on his radar, but the team is solid with rookie Alison Lacey learning the backup role.
Moore, 27, will likely get stronger to play overseas and sign with a WNBA team for the 2011 season. Yet, injuries could always change things. They did for Moore.
“I’m more so worried about the rehab and getting healthy,” she said. “When the doctors release me and I do whatever I want to do on the court basketball-wise, then I’ll go from there.
“For me, I give myself a goal to try to push myself a little bit. But at the same time, I’m not trying to rush it either to get back to where I was before I was first injured. I’m just trying to make sure I do it right.”