My apologies for not being able to combine all of the updates for former Storm G/F Katie Gearlds into one post, but she has been global hopping in pursuit of getting back on the basketball court. A star at Purdue, Gearlds was home in Beech Grove, Indiana rehabilitating a knee injury, then departed for Spain to check out a team interested in signing her when healthy.
Gearlds (pictured far right as provided by daylife.com) was drafted in the first round by Seattle in 2007. She averaged 4.4 points and 13.2 minutes in three seasons as a reserve for the Storm. Seattle owns her WNBA playing rights, according to coach Brian Agler, so Gealrds would return to Storm training camp when healthy to compete for a roster position.
Here’s an e-mail exchange we had the past two days. Hopefully it settles everyone’s inquires about No. 4:
Women’s Hoops Blog: Let’s start with the knee, how did rehab go and are you back playing?
Katie Gearlds: Well…the knee I hurt in Seattle is different than the one I hurt in Greece. I tore my ACL playing in Greece and opted to have the surgery there and rehab with the hopes of playing again for the same team once I recovered. Some crazy things happened there with team; they lost some games and the president went crazy and basically they didn’t have the money to pay me so I came back to Indiana. The knee is getting better. It’s just a long slow process. I am 4-months post-op and all things are going just as they should, if not a little better!
WHB: Last we spoke, you were in Greece, what brought the jump to Spain?
KG: I was rehabbing in Indiana and the opportunity called for me to come to Spain to rehab with a team here in hopes of being able to play and if not be able to play, to see what the place was like and if I would be interested in playing here next season. I don’t plan on staying for more than one week so it’s kind of been a little bit of a rehab/vacation because the weather here is MUCH BETTER than in Indy!
WHB: Are you returning to the WNBA this summer or any time soon?
KG: I would love to be able to have a shot to play the league again….and hopefully soon!!!!
WHB: Heard twice (none in person, so could be same person via web) that you fell in love in Greece but encountered some trouble with the IRS in returning to the states after play overseas. Is either of this true? (NOTE: WHB didn’t find any official documentation of financial trouble)
KG: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately I am not in love! So, if you remember I have had some trouble with one individual who seems to always try to create some trouble for me. I won’t name any names here because I’ll try to be a little more classy than this individual….and fortunately for me the IRS isn’t coming after me. I am all payed up on all my taxes. This is just another way this person is trying to diminish my name. It’s all bogus and just a bunch of made up lies! It all bothered me for a while, but now I just laugh it off because the people I know and love are the only people that matter to me.
WHB: What did you think of the Storm’s 2010 championship run and missing a chance to play that season?
KG: The team had a great season last year and I was so happy for them. I’ll be honest, I was a little bit jealous at times because I would have loved to been there and been apart of something so special, but the truth is that there was no way my knee was ready to play at that level. But they all deserved that championship and I was their biggest fan in Indy.
WHB: Did you catch any games in person? Or on TV?
KG: I was able to come to the game in Indy and it was great to be able to hang out with some of the girls. I always did my best to try to make sure I could catch a game if it was on TV. I am pretty sure my whole town heard me when Sue (Bird) knocked down that three-point shot to win in Phx.
WHB: Miss anything about Seattle?
KG: I miss lots of things about Seattle. I miss the team and the owners and definitely I miss the fans! It’s been a while for me to play in front of such a great crowd like Seattle has–nothing compares to it!!!!
WHB: Lastly, what happened to your website? Last I checked, it was all in Japanese, which makes it a little hard to catch the latest on you.
KG: I closed the website because, again, of this individual…maybe one day I’ll open another one up but for right now, it can stay in Japanese!!!!
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