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Liz Cambage on signing with the Sparks: ‘It was LA or out for me’

Cabbage will wear No. 1 for the Sparks. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

WNBA center Liz Cambage has finally made it to Los Angeles, being officially introduced by the Sparks in a news conference Wednesday as a member of the team. In the press conference, she revealed that while she is grateful for her time with the Las Vegas Aces, it was “really LA or out for me.”

“There’s nowhere else I wanted to be,” she said. “The opportunity to play here and work here and be part of such a prestigious organization, it was a no-brainer. There’s truly nowhere else I have wanted to be in the WNBA and I’m just happy that I’m finally here after so many years.”

As for where she fits in on the Sparks, who have added other big-name players in the offseason like Chennedy Carter and Katie-Lou Samuelson, Cambage feels like she fits right in the middle.

Cambage also talked about her recent comments regarding the $1 million contract Becky Hammon signed with the Aces. She initially hit back at the WNBA after Hamon’s salary was announced, calling out the fact that coaches can make four-times what the highest paid players can make on a supermax contract.

The comments were met with some heat, although Aces’ owner Mark Davis said he agreed “100 percent” with Cambage.

On Wednesday, Cambage addressed the controversy.

“I find myself saying, ‘If not me, then who?’ And if not now, then when?'” Cambage said. “I don’t know if it was the fire my mother raised me with to never back down or be put in a corner, and just say your truth. If something’s not right, I’m going to question it.

“And I’m also the type of person, I never want to take away from what someone else has. I want to work out how we can get more. I hate to see things that I’ve said be portrayed that I’m trying to take away from someone else. I’ve never been that person. I’ve never been a jealous person. I live a very blessed life. But I’m going to say something if we need change.”

She also said that she’s known about Hammon’s contract “since it happened last year.”

“I love it for Becky. I love it for all women,” she continued. “I hope everyone makes a million dollars a year one day. But until then, we’ve got to work out better ways to give us, the players, more.”