Sparks won WNBA offseason. What about when the games start?

Sparks won WNBA offseason What about when the games start

Sparks center Liz Cambage, at 6-foot-8, towers over her new teammates during a practice.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Canada is one of the new players Fisher will count on to revitalize the sagging franchise, but most eyes will be fixated on the team’s biggest player: the 6-foot-8 Cambage.

The former Las Vegas Aces star, who averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds last year, was Fisher’s marquee free-agent signing. The WNBA record-holder for the most points in a single game with 53, Cambage dominates on the court and commands attention off it, but sometimes for controversial reasons.

Cambage withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics, citing her mental health amid reports that she was involved in a physical altercation during a scrimmage between Australia and Nigeria. She vocally objected to playing in Tulsa, Okla., after being drafted by the Shock and stayed out of the league for four seasons.

But the 30-year-old center seems at peace in L.A. Playing in this city has been a longtime dream, she said.

“It’s going to be the most wild summer the WNBA has ever seen,” Cambage said with a grin. “And we’re going to have a ring at the end of it.”

Cambage’s isn’t the Sparks’ only hopeful redemption story. The Atlanta Dream suspended Carter, a 23-year-old point guard, for conduct detrimental to the team last year. The former No. 4 overall pick wants to show a more mature side, saying she hopes to be “the glue” for the team.

Not only is L.A. a fitting destination for a player whose nickname is “Hollywood,” but it gives her an ideal mentor in Nneka Ogwumike, whom Carter calls “the most mature player I’ve ever played with.”

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