Australian Centre and the Club decided to annul the Contract after split
Liz Cambage’s basketball career is in doubt after the divisive Australian star and her WNBA team, the Los Angeles Sparks, agreed to a “contract divorce” while they compete for a playoff position.
“It is with the support that we share Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organization. We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably. The Sparks remain excited about our core group and are focused on our run towards a 2022 playoff berth.” Sparks managing partner Eric Holoman said in a statement after the split.
Cambage, who has also played in the Chinese league, is yet to announce her future plans. It continues a difficult time for the 30-year-old, who gave up playing for the Opals after quitting the Australian squad due to mental health issues before the Olympics in Tokyo.
Players said that Cambage told her Nigerian adversaries to “go back to your third world nation.” The slur was refuted by Cambage, whose father is Nigerian.
Cambage had stated in May that she would “dream” of playing in Los Angeles, but she only managed to participate in 25 games, averaging 13 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.
Sparks’ interim coach Fred Williams on the Sudden Departure of Liz
Sparks’ interim coach Fred Williams trained Cambage while he was with the Dallas Wings in 2018, and he expressed astonishment at the timing of her departure as well as the fact that she left for personal reasons. Recently, Cambage overcame her third case of Covid-19, which caused her to miss two games.
“That’s a Liz situation of her own – I think she thought about a few personal things, and we respect that. She chose to make a decision right now and we have to respect that and pretty much move on. It was a surprise, I didn’t know what really escalated it – a lot of it could have been off-court … having conversations with her afterward, just felt it was good for her personally to make that move. I think she gave it to the spot where she could give and some of the things may be crossing her mind she needs to focus on other than basketball and we have to give her that respect. Liz had been down this road before.” Williams expressed his wish that Cambage would be active in the WNBA and the sport.
On July 17, 2018, against the New York Liberty, Cambage, who is 2.03 meters (6 feet 8 inches) tall, scored 53 points to break the WNBA single-game scoring record.
Williams continued, “I’m not in her head right now, but I do hope she does have the chance to get back and play. Time will tell, only.