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Liz Cambage to play in Aces’ first game back after Olympics withdrawal

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Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage is back in action and expected to play in the team’s first game back from the Olympic break.

Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer confirmed Cambage’s return on Monday and said she “looked good” during practice.

Cambage also hinted at her return Monday, posting an Instagram video of her going through basketball drills. In the caption, she thanked skills coach Chris Johnson and Jus Hoop for helping her find her “happy place.”

“I used to think basketball was the enemy, turns out it’s always been my therapy,” Cambage wrote. “Thank you Chris Johnson for showing me another side of the game and taking my love of basketball to a whole another level.”


In July, Cambage pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, citing a need to focus on her mental health.

“Every athlete competing in the Olympic games should be at their mental and physical peak,” the Australian center wrote at the time. “At the moment, I’m a long way from where I want and need to be.

“Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not the place I want to be right now. Especially walking into competition on the world’s biggest sporting stage.”

A few days later, Basketball Australia opened an investigation into an altercation involving Cambage during the team’s exhibition game against Nigeria. There were also multiple reports of two other incidents involving Cambage, including one that the four-time WNBA All-Star allegedly broke team protocol to go out in Las Vegas.

The Aces, who currently have the second-best record in the WNBA at 15-6, resume their regular season against the Washington Mystics on Sunday.