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Fever 'rookie' ready for WNBA debut

A torn ACL forced her to miss the 2001 season. Now, after waiting 17 months, Tamika Catchings will swap a practice jersey for a uniform with her name on the back.

Updated: May 22, 2002, 11:53 PM ET
By Dan Gelston | Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tamika Catchings has waited 17 months for her baskets to count and to swap a practice jersey for a uniform with her name on the back.

She has cried, prayed and been operated on twice, enduring countless hours of rehabilitation for a knee that always seemed to hurt.

Now Catchings is able to run effortlessly and without pain for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in January 2001, while an All-American at Tennessee.

The only signs ...

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