The Los Angeles Sparks introduced Reshanda Gray and Te’a Cooper before the 2020 season. Hoopfeed.com
Published on July 1, 2020
Through Amber Dodd
At a virtual press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Sparks brought forward Leshanda Gray and rookie point guard Te’Cooper to the team’s 2020 roster. of WNBA starts its 2020 season later this month At the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the league will operate in an isolated, bubble-like atmosphere with 22 games.
As a 2019 New York free agent forward, Gray averaged 5 points and 5 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game. Her shooting percentage is 47%. During the offseason, she participated in the Woori Bank Wibee of the Women’s Basketball League (WKBL). When WKBL cancelled the season, Woori Bank ranked first. At the time, Gray averaged 12 points and 18 rebounds per game.
The Liberal Party re-signed Gray in March, but after the league’s training camp was cancelled, she delayed the season due to a coronavirus pandemic before she released Gray.
“I just feel trapped,” Gray said. “I just transferred this energy to other things, and then the opportunity appeared.”
In her free time, she reinvigorated a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young women in the Los Angeles area. She also keeps herself busy by exercising and combing her hair. Gray now turns his attention to basketball. The Los Angeles native and the University of California graduate are returning to their homes with what she called “a full moment”.
Gray said: “I don’t know anyone other than Lisa Leslie from Los Angeles. They went to California to go to school and then went home to play professional.” The black and lavender braids on the tall ponytail said. “I think this is amazing, and I certainly look forward to it. I can even play with some great vets.”
She joined the senior defensive backcourt of Sparks defender Seimone Augustus, as did power forwards Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker. Gray may replace power forward Chiney Ogwumike (Chiney Ogwumike), who chose to withdraw from the season due to medical reasons on June 26.
Gray said: “I’m going to leave it on the floor and I have to go after every rebound.” “If the coach [Derek] Fisher said: “Through the brick wall,” I was like “Okay, can I wear a helmet first?”
Sparks introduced Cooper after Gray. The rookie averaged 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists per game. This was the transfer of Baylor graduates before the season. The Phoenix Mercury selected Cooper as the 18th overall pick in the 2020 draft, but she was released before training camp.
Fisher and Sparks didn’t help Cooper before the draft, but saw her ability to score easily and defend through defense. Currently living in Georgia, the native of New Jersey has not stopped her basketball training routine.
Cooper said: “I am an optimistic person, so in fact, this does not bother me, because I know this is not the end for me.” “I just want to stay positive, and I have been staying in the gym .”
During her college career, when she played for three different teams, all of them have served as former point guards: Holly Warlick of Tennessee, Dawn Staley of South Carolina, and Kim Mulkey of Baylor. She said she is happy to continue to grow under the leadership of Fisher, the NBA point guard. As one of the 22 rookies who started her career, she hopes to learn in turbulent times.
Cooper said: “I really just want to put all my energy on employees and teammates.” “I want to learn from them and stay in the moment and experience everything.”
In addition to the two signers, the Sparks have added guards Augustus and Christie Tolliver this year. However, Toliver decided to withdraw from the 2020 season because of her health and the need to pay attention to social justice issues in her community.
The official date of the start of the season has not yet been announced. Overall, ten players announced last month that they would not participate in the game, and the Seattle Storm coach Due to health reasons, Dan Hughes will skip this season.
This post is written by Amber D. Dodd