Julie Allemand is taking a break from basketball, announcing in a four-part Instagram post that amid mental health struggles she needs to take some time off. Originally written in French, the statement has since been translated to English.
In the post, the Indiana Fever guard detailed the busy year she had, including the Tokyo Olympics, where Belgium suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to eventual silver medalist Japan.
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“With four months of hindsight, I still have this same feeling of incompleteness, of failure every time I think back to that 7th place that we landed,” Allemand wrote about the Olympics. She also detailed how taxing the Olympics bubble was, particularly after experiencing a similar bubble in France and during the 2020 WNBA “Wubble” season.
Despite being drafted by the Fever in 2016, she first joined the team in 2020. Named to the 2021 All-Rookie team, she shot 47.8 percent, starting in all 22 games and becoming the first rookie in WNBA history to average eight points, five assists and four rebounds.
For the 2021 season, Allemand was placed on the WNBA’s suspended list. She began the year playing for Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration in France before joining the Belgian National Team for the 2021 EuroBasket Championship and the Tokyo Olympics. Following the Olympics, Allemand signed with Lyon.
In her post, Allemand stated that post-Olympics, her first loss with Lyon led to flashbacks to the loss against Japan. From there, thoughts of self-doubt and selflessness emerged.
“I had been drained of giving for so many years without ever having the time to stop and think about myself,” she said, stating that she never thought that she would get burnt out from basketball. “The hardest part about it is to accept it, to accept that it is not right, and that everything will take time.
“I decided to share what I’ve been through, because I want to help everyone who will go through this. It’s a long road, but above all, we must not let go. Accept that everything will not immediately return to normal, accept to be in this situation, accept to see someone, but above all and above all, think of SELF.”
Allemand also thanked her teammates for “being understanding and supporting me” as she struggled with her mental health.
Currently, she is signed with the Fever through 2023. It’s unclear what her status with the team is for next season as she remains on the WNBA’s suspended list.