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Monday, July 19, 2004
Updated: July 20, 10:05 AM ET
WNBA star could use time to rest injured foot

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Sheryl Swoopes might sit this Olympics out.

"Right now I'm kind of 50-50," Swoopes said Monday in an interview with the Houston Chronicle and television station KRIV. "I am definitely very honored and excited about getting the opportunity to play in the Olympics."

However, the prospect of taking a month off to rest her injured right foot also sounds appealing to the two-time Olympian who plays for the WNBA's Houston Comets, who happened to be led by the national team's coach, Van Chancellor.

Chancellor declined comment on the subject Monday. Team USA is counting on Swoopes' participation until it hears otherwise.

"It would be good for Sheryl to have a sense of whether she can play before we leave the country, but I fully expect her to be a member of the Olympic team," said Carol Callan, assistant executive director of USA basketball.

Swoopes said she will consider skipping the Olympics if doctors tell her the rest will help her get to 100 percent by the time WNBA play resumes in September.