Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage back with team after skipping Olympics to focus on mental health

Aug 9, 2021

Kelly CohenESPN

Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage is back with the team and expected to play in the first game back from the Olympic break. Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer confirmed Monday after the team’s first practice since the break that she was back and “looked good.”

Cambage pulled out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health. Cambage was the most prolific player on the Australian Opals, the country’s women’s basketball team. The Opals did not medal in Tokyo.

In a statement, Cambage announced she would be stepping down from the team so that she could focus on her well-being and mental health.

“Anyone that knows me knows one of my biggest dreams is winning an Olympic gold medal with the Opals. Every athlete competing in the Olympic Games should be at their mental and physical peak, and at the moment, I’m a long way from where I want and need to be,” Cambage said in July.

The Aces play the Washington Mystics on Sunday in their first game since July 11. At 15-6, they currently have the second-best record in the WNBA. The three-time WNBA All-Star is averaging 14.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG in 19 games this season.

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