You know what we love most about Sheryl Swoopes, besides the fact that she broke the legendary homophobic barrier and came out as a gay professional athlete? We love how much Sheryl Swoopes loves the game of basketball. Since being cut from the Seattle Storm last season, Swoopes’ message has been singular — she still wants to play ball. And now she’s going to get another chance — in Greece.
ESPN is reporting that the gold-medal-winning, championship-nabbing, MVP-trophy-owning matriarch of the WNBA will join the Esperides for the remainder of the Greek league season.
Much like the WNBA, the Greek women’s professional basketball league is suffering in the current economy. The Esperides hope that a high-profile player like Swoopes can breathe new life into the league. Swoopes hopes that playing on a Eurocup team will breathe new life into her career.
An Esperides spokesperson released a statement saying:
Upgrading women’s basketball is kind of Sheryl Swoopes’ specialty.
While she’s been lobbying for a spot on a WNBA roster — an even bleaker prospect now that Sacramento has folded — Swoopes has been volunteering as an assistant coach with the Mercer Island High School girls team.
You can take the girl out of the game, but you can’t take the game out of the girl.
Welcome back, Sheryl Swoopes.