Spark standouts Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton-Jones will not get a third WNBA championship ring in a row. But they do have a shot at adding to their Olympic medal collections.
Leslie and Milton-Jones were among seven players selected Wednesday to the U.S. women's senior national team that will compete in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Also chosen were Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, Shannon Johnson of the Connecticut Sun, Katie Smith of the Minnesota Lynx, Dawn Staley of the Charlotte Sting and Tina Thompson of the Houston Comets. Staley said Wednesday this would be her last Olympics.
The Comets' Van Chancellor, who coached the USA team to the gold medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championships and was chosen the Olympic coach in June, said, "We coached six of the seven in China [in 2002] and we've added Tina. The group gives us a lot of players who can play at different positions."