Breanna Stewart injured in Euroleague play

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This may exactly be the nightmare scenario playing out right now as it relates to the fears many have about WNBA players heading overseas to play.

With the 2019 WNBA season only about over a month away, no team or player can afford any injuries. The league especially could not afford an injury to the woman who is arguably setting herself up to be the face of the league for the next several number of years.

But that is what happened to Breanna Stewart. While in a Euroleague game overseas prior to its playoffs, she landed uncomfortably on the floor and was seen in severe pain.

The speculation as to how severe her injury is has ranged ever since the injury took place, but much of the speculation is zeroing in on the possibility she may have torn her Achilles and that she will be sidelined for the entire 2019 season.

This has the potential to be one that not only the Seattle Storm could ill afford, but the WNBA as a whole could ill afford. It already looked like the league would be sans two marquee players with Maya Moore taking a year off and Liz Cambage still not traded to a new team.

Literally, and figuratively, this one hurts. Stewart is coming off an incredible 2018 – arguably the best year of her career. Last year, she not only was named WNBA MVP as well as MVP of her first-ever Finals in which the Storm swept the Washington Mystics, but she also was named Most Valuable Player of the FIBA World Cup as well, where Team USA claimed the gold medal after defeating Cambage and Australia.

This may exactly be the nightmare scenario playing out right now as it relates to the fears many have about WNBA players heading overseas to play.

With the 2019 WNBA season only about over a month away, no team or player can afford any injuries. The league especially could not afford an injury to the woman who is arguably setting herself up to be the face of the league for the next several number of years.

But that is what happened to Breanna Stewart. While in a Euroleague game overseas prior to its playoffs, she landed uncomfortably on the floor and was seen in severe pain.

The speculation as to how severe her injury is has ranged ever since the injury took place, but much of the speculation is zeroing in on the possibility she may have torn her Achilles and that she will be sidelined for the entire 2019 season.

This has the potential to be one that not only the Seattle Storm could ill afford, but the WNBA as a whole could ill afford. It already looked like the league would be sans two marquee players with Maya Moore taking a year off and Liz Cambage still not traded to a new team.

Literally, and figuratively, this one hurts. Stewart is coming off an incredible 2018 – arguably the best year of her career. Last year, she not only was named WNBA MVP as well as MVP of her first-ever Finals in which the Storm swept the Washington Mystics, but she also was named Most Valuable Player of the FIBA World Cup as well, where Team USA claimed the gold medal after defeating Cambage and Australia.

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