Angel McCoughtry on split with Chennedy Carter: ‘She has a long way to go’

Angel McCoughtry trained with Team USA ahead of the 2022 FIBA World Cup. (Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

After Chennedy Carter’s rocky sophomore season with the Atlanta Dream in 2021, two-time WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry reached out to the younger player.

Yet while the two formed a mentor-mentee bond, that relationship has since fizzled out, McCoughtry revealed to Lyndsey D’Arcangelo for Just Women’s Sports.

“She still has a long way to go,” McCoughtry said. “Sometimes, when you help people, you try to help so much that you really don’t see them wanting to help themselves after a while. You have to kind of just move on from it.”

After making the WNBA All-Rookie team in 2020, Carter was suspended in July 2021 following a locker-room confrontation with then-teammate Courtney Williams. She did not play again in 2021, and then she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in the offseason.

McCoughtry reached out to Carter in the midst of this career upheaval, she told Just Women’s Sports. She spent 11 seasons in Atlanta, from 2009-19, and experienced some rough times with the franchise herself.

“I know what it’s like when you’re alone and nobody reaches out. It’s like nobody cares,” McCoughtry said. “So I wanted to show, like, I cared. I definitely tried to help her as much as possible.”

The pair bonded on and off the court.

Yet even with McCoughtry’s support and with the new scenery of Los Angeles, Carter struggled to find her footing. She averaged just 16.4 minutes per game in 2022 and started just two games for the Sparks, and she missed four games toward the end of the season due to what interim coach Fred Williams called a “coach’s decision.”

“I’m very proud of (Chennedy Carter) and the adversity that she’s been through this season,” her teammate Brittney Sykes told reporters at the time. “She’s a great player, so let’s just leave it that.”

And now Carter’s relationship with McCoughtry has cooled, McCoughtry said. Carter had signed with the RSTAR agency, the same one that works with McCoughtry, but she has split with RSTAR as well.

Carter did not respond to a request for comment on her parting ways with McCoughtry and RSTAR.

“She always has my number to reach out when she’s ready to really better herself,” McCoughtry said.