Dream Sequence: Chamique Is Back

By Chris Vivlamore
Updated: April 25, 2009

ATLANTA — It’s official. Chamique Holdsclaw is back in the WNBA after a two-year absence. The former No. 1 overall draft pick out of Tennessee came out of retirement — with much urging from Dream general manager and coach Marynell Meadors.

She signed a contract with the team Monday.

Here are five things to know about Holdsclaw:

On her decision to play again: “My friends got tired of me consulting. One day I honestly thought, when it’s over, it’s over. We, as professional athletes, can’t play forever. I just wanted my family and my friends to have the opportunity to see me play again, to wear a uniform in the United States.”

On her decision to move to Atlanta: “Like four years ago, I bought a townhouse here, a rental property. … I hadn’t seen it, so I finally came down and stayed for two or three months. I really liked it and decided to buy a house here and moved out to the Smyrna area.”

The best player she played with: “Playing with Lisa [Leslie] and seeing her perspective on the game. She helped me grow as a person. I learned the most from her.”

The best player she played against: “It’s going to have to be [Sheryl] Swoopes in her prime.”

Her biggest asset to the Dream: “That fire and a person who is able to create [that] for other players. An experienced player. A person that is a good energy in the locker room.”