The Atlanta Dream have been without Angel McCoughtry for the entire 2019 season – a 2019 season that has produced a litany of hard luck for the ATL’s WNBA franchise.
Following a 2018 season that saw Atlanta get to within one victory of the Finals, the Dream despite moving back to State Farm Arena, are in the throes of an 11-game losing streak, are well outside the W’s playoff picture at 5-21, are still struggling to draw consistent attendance to games and have been relegated to a draft lottery team.
McCoughtry not being on the court for Atlanta has not helped the team’s fortunes, but she did post on Instagram that she will return for the Dream’s season finale vs. the New York Liberty on September 8.
One interesting note about the post that has since been edited – the original version read “It’s an honor for all the Atlanta Dream fans to see me in that jersey one more time before the season ends.”
The words “one more time” prompted talk that it was a sign McCoughtry was pondering retirement. She later clarified to High Post Hoops that the post had nothing to do with retirement.
In spite of McCoughtry’s announcement, coach Nicki Collen said at a press conferene that she is “not close to being cleared to play basketball.”
Coach Nicki Collen on Angel McCoughtry’s return, “Angel has not been cleared to play basketball.” pic.twitter.com/qyE6FQ7x8V
— JJ (@JameelahJNBA) August 21, 2019