Liz Cambage’s comments in the US only serve to further highlight the huge gap between her and former Australian teammates.
Comments made recently by Liz Cambage in America serve to further highlight the gap between her and her former Australian teammates as the 30-year-old’s bitter split with the Opals continues to dominate the headlines.
Former Opals captain Jenna O’Hea told ABC offside Cambage will never represent his country again on Sunday confirmed that the superstar told Nigerian players to “go back to your third world country” during an altercation at a pre-Olympic practice last year, earlier pulling out of the game citing mental health reasons.
Cambage appeared to respond to reports of O’Hea’s revelations, tweeting: “The truth will always come to light and it’s not even dawn.”
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In her first WNBA season with the Los Angeles Sparks after moving from the Las Vegas Aces earlier this year, the team faced questions about her radical off-season recruiting and whether the strong personalities introduced to the team would gel.
“It’s a no-reason narrative, I just try to paint the negative for no reason when I’m surrounded by girls I love, girls who understand me, girls who will push me to be better,” Cambage said.
“I feel like there are only people who want us badly. WNBA Twitter can say whatever it wants. But you are not all in the locker room, you are not all with the team. “
The Sparks are two out of two to start the season and after the victory over Chicago a few days ago, Cambage spoke again of his admiration for his teammates.
“I’m surrounded by so many great women,” Cambage said. “We only focus on hard work and winning.
“I don’t think there is a ceiling. I see this team celebrating in September. Observe and see what we do, and then say something “.
It is a sentiment echoed in an interview with the LA Times released a few days ago, in which Cambage said, “This season will be the first of my career where I’ve been surrounded by so much love and support and fans and friends in the same city. It is a dream come true.
“I’m surrounded by people who really care and want the best of me.”
That article prompted LA Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson to praise Cambage on Twitter Monday night.
“I loved the story of LA Sparks player Liz Cambage today in LA Times. She is such a smart and intelligent woman and she has so much more than just basketball, “she wrote her.
Cambage’s comments are in stark contrast to how he recently talked about his time in green and gold, recounting the ABC a week ago she “Never” did she feel supported or protected while representing her country.
“I am supported (in Los Angeles), I am protected on a level that the Opals or the Australian team have never given me,” Cambage said.
“My heart is with those who want to protect me and those who want me to be the best I can be, and I’ve never heard that at Opals. So yeah, I’m fine.”
Cambage’s point of view is very different from that of the Australian camp. Basketball legend and former Basketball Australia board member Andrew Gaze was ferocious of Cambagesaying that the environment he was in was favorable but did not live up to his conclusion of the agreement.
“The thing that really, really gratifies me is when she makes the comments to say that she feels supported in Los Angeles on a level that was not there with the Australian team; and the suggestion that it was never supported by Australia, the Opals or Basketball Australia is highly insulting, “Gaze told SEN. The ride home.
“There was behavior on Liz’s part that, under any reasonable judgment, would have some significant repercussions
“She was supported, not just by me, but by everyone else along the way.
“To say it wasn’t supported is unfair; it’s grossly unfair. “
O’Hea also said he can “hold his head high” because he did his best to support Cambage.
“I’ve always loved her, I’ve always taken care of her, I’ve always supported her, I’ve always supported her,” she said. offside.
“I think it’s his reality and I think the listeners and observers out there can believe who they want to believe.
“Everyone has done more than enough (to try and keep Cambage playing for Australia). We sacrificed a lot to try and keep it on schedule. You know, she doesn’t want to be here anymore and that’s her choice and we have to go on without her. “
Originally published as The revelation of Liz Cambage’s comments in America reinforces the bitter divide between opals