A year ago, Seimone Augustus’ decision to join the rival Sparks after spending all 14 of her previous WNBA seasons with Minnesota Lynx beggared belief.

Like, really? Seimone Augustus in purple and gold?

Now, the decorated basketball star cannot envision herself playing anywhere besides L.A., however much longer her career lasts.

“I said, ‘Look, if you’ve got some room for me I would love to be here,” Augustus, 36, said Tuesday morning in a Zoom video conference about her decision to re-sign. “Just to be here, I give my knowledge, my wisdom, my work ethic, and everything that contributes to building a championship culture here.

“What I do know for sure,” Augustus added, “is that I will retire as a Spark. I will have fun with that situation … Growing up watching Lisa Leslie, Nikki Teasley, DeLisha Milton-Jones and players of that caliber that came through this organization, the things that they were able to do. I just only hope to represent them as well as this organization as well as I can, and complete my journey wearing a Los Angeles Sparks jersey.”

In the coming season, Augustus will be key in helping usher in a new era for the Sparks, who lost All-Star point guard Chelsea Gray to Las Vegas and two-time MVP Candace Parker to Chicago in free agency. Like Augustus in Minnesota, Parker had played the entirety of her 13-season career with L.A., winning a title and serving as the face of the franchise for the duration of her tenure.

Augustus acknowledged that, without Parker and Gray, the Sparks’ expectations have shifted. There isn’t the same title-or-bust pressure, but that doesn’t mean anyone should count them out, said Augustus, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time WNBA champion with the Lynx.

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“Every year in training camp, every team says the same thing: ‘We’re gonna win a championship’” she said. “But some teams don’t know how to do that. Some teams do know how to do it … there’s more that goes into winning than just the points that you put on the board. The team chemistry is key. Being able to have that attitude that when things get hard we don’t fall apart, we fall together. And so that’s what we’re looking forward to. We don’t know.

“Obviously our expectations are high for ourselves, but we can’t just say, ‘Oh, we’re gonna finish first.’ We don’t know. And that’s the beauty in the journey, is to just allow it to be whatever it is it’s gonna be. And when we look up, after all this hard work we’re doing, and we take a breather and we look up, if we’re at the top, and we’re surprising people, then whoop! We still got more work to do. We put our head back down and we keep getting to work.

“But if not, we still got work to do.”

“I just came here to get 𝐁𝐔𝐂𝐊𝐄𝐓𝐒.” @seimoneaugustus | #GoSparks pic.twitter.com/qLhdD8PzuG

— Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) February 22, 2021

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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