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Sheryl Swoopes Returns To WNBA

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Sheryl Swoopes won an NCAA title, three gold medals, three MVP awards and four WNBA Championships.  Monday she announced that she will be returning to the league she left in 2008.

Monday, the Tulsa Shock announced the return of the famed Women’s hoopster, Sheryl Swoopes.  The announcement took place via teleconference, where Swoopes answered everyone’s question before they were even able to ask it. She quipped:

“Before I get the question, I’m going to go ahead and say it: Yes, I did have a birthday the other day. Yes, I did turn 40. But I kind of say 40 is the new 20.”

Nolan Richardson, head coach and general manager put Swoopes through a vigorous workout at the University of Tulsa and was impressed enough to offer her an invitation to training camp.

Swoopes was asked during the teleconference if she thinks she can still play at the highest level.

“Let me say that if there was an ounce of doubt in my mind that I couldn’t still play with – as people say – those young ‘uns out there, I definitely wouldn’t be doing it…The only reason I am doing it is because I still love the game. And to be given an opportunity to come back and kind of leave on the right note and just to be a part of it again is something I am excited about.”

Swoopes has WNBA career averages of 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals. She averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while playing with the Seattle Storm in 2008 and was waived in February 2009.

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