The Shock may have lost Skylar Diggins, but they’re still fighting, and Odyssey Sims may be back soon.
Also, Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike made her season debut July 2 – her birthday, by scoring 27 points. The next night she put up 19, and today against Phoenix, she had 26 points and 18 rebounds.
I talked to her on her birthday:
SF: Is it nice to be back on the court?
NO: Yes! My teammates have been very supportive and patient with me. Slowly, I’m feeling like myself again.
SF: You were out for a long time.
NO: That’s the longest I’ve ever had to sit out in my career. So I just want to be efficient for my team.
SF: Do you feel like you’re back in your groove?
NO: Yeah, I am, and practicing really helps.
SF: Did you find yourself coaching from the bench, like your sister Chiney is doing with her team?
NO: Yeah. And she’s the first person I’d always talk to (to commiserate about being injured). I’d call her and ask, “What is liiife?” (Laughs)