There doesn’t seem to be any love lost between WNBA All-Star center Liz Cambage and the Los Angeles Sparks.
On Wednesday (AEST), the team announced it had agreed to part ways with the Australian center – originally signed as a free agent in February on a one-year deal with the Sparks.
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“We support Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the company,” Sparks Managing Partner Eric Holloman said in a press release.
“We want what’s best for Leeds and have agreed to part ways amicably. The Sparks will remain enthusiastic about our core squad and focus on our run towards the 2022 play-offs.”
The team announced the move a day after “The Ball Out” reported on Monday that Cambage was leaving the team.
According to the Los Angeles Times , interim head coach Fred Williams faced Cambage’s struggles with conditioning and double- and triple-team matches.
Williams also chose to leave Cambage: “I have to respect what she wants.
“Once someone gives you what she wants verbally, you have to listen because it could be something else, it could be something unrelated to basketball.”
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Cambage’s messy exit was capped after the Sparks were on the wrong side of an 84-66 loss against her former team, the Las Vegas Aces.
according to Yahoo SportsCambage complained bitterly throughout the game that her teammates weren’t giving her the ball enough — a complaint she’s made all season.
Her Sparks teammates made a concerted effort to give her the ball every chance she got, no matter the game.
Cambage hurried out of the locker room after the game but before leaving the former Opals star said: “I can’t do this. Good luck to you.”
Cambage, 30, has yet to address the news, the same day she was rumored to have quit the group.
The split comes a month after the Sparks fired head coach and general manager Derek Fisher on June 9.
Cambage expressed her desire to leave the Sparks to several people in the organization, according to Girls Talk Sports TV, which reported chemistry issues among Los Angeles players in late May.
Chemistry issues with teammates, however, were not a factor in Cambage’s split from the Sparks, according to Alexis Robinson, founder of One Brand Agency, a PR firm that works with Cambage.
That’s despite Cambage racially attacking Nigerian players in the Opals’ pre-Olympic warm-up game – and along with several of his teammates in Los Angeles who are Nigerian, most notably the Ogmumike sisters Neka and Chini.
Lincoln Anthony Blades tweeted: “Let’s just call it what it is: The Sparks signed Liz Cambage without informing their star players (Neka and Chini – both Nigerians who knew what she did). Investigate her beef with the Nigerian team.
The four-time WNBA All-Star joined Los Angeles after two years with the Las Vegas Aces.
“It was LA or out for me. There was no other place I wanted to be,” Cambage said of her move to Sparks in February.
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She skipped the 2012 season to prepare for the London Olympics before choosing not to play with the Tulsa franchise from 2014 to 2017. In the year She joined the team in 2018 after the franchise moved to Dallas in 2016.
The 6-foot-8 center averaged 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 games with the Sparks this season.
And according to Yahoo Sports, “There are currently no WNBA teams interested, sources say.
The Sparks (12-15) play at the Phoenix Mercury (12-16) on Thursday.
This article originally appeared in The New York Post and is reposted with permission