Comets forward due in May

HOUSTON -- Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson is six months pregnant with her first child and will miss part of the WNBA season.

Thompson, the team's career leader in scoring and rebounding, said Friday the baby is due in mid to late May. The WNBA season begins May 21.

The father of the baby boy is Miami Heat guard Damon Jones, who played at the University of Houston and is Thompson's longtime boyfriend.

"I was very shocked," Thompson told KRIV television in Houston. "It wasn't a planned thing, although it's a very welcome one and very exciting one for me and Damon."

Thompson set no definitive date for her return but said she does plan to rejoin the team this season.

The top pick in the 1997 WNBA draft, Thompson was instrumental in the Comets' four WNBA championship runs and was a member of last summer's Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal.