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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Liz Cambage made her first official statement as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks this week, speaking to the media about the journey that landed her in L.A.

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It was no secret that Cambage has wanted to play for the Sparks for some time, dating back to her being drafted into the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2011 by the Tulsa Shock.

Cambage’s relationship with the WNBA is one of a player who has always known her worth and is willing to step away from the league if she feels that’s what’s best for her health and career.

After her tenure with the Shock (which included time off after the 2012 Olympics), Cambage left the WNBA for five years before returning in 2018 to play for the Dallas Wings.


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After a season in Dallas, where she led the league in scoring, Cambage requested a trade that led her to the Las Vegas Aces, where she’s played in the WNBA since.

After Las Vegas, a championship contender was eliminated in the WNBA semifinals last season, Cambage said this week that she found herself at another crossroads:

It was “really L.A. or out for me,” she said in her introductory press conference. “The opportunity to play here and work here and be part of such a prestigious organization was a no-brainer. There’s truly nowhere else I have wanted to be in the WNBA, and I’m just happy that I’m finally here after so many years.”

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In an offseason where players have accepted historically team-friendly deals, the project in Los Angeles (L.A) is banking on players betting on themselves differently.

It’s a contrast that’s good for the league.

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