Even though the WNBA appears to be on the verge of converging in its own IMG Academy bubble in Florida, one of the Atlanta Dream’s signature players believes there are more important social justice bubbles that need to be popped.
The Dream were expected to take a huge leap forward after the busy offseason they had which included bringing Glory Johnson, Courtney Williams, Shekinna Stricklen and Kalani Brown. Atlanta also drafted Chennedy Carter out of Texas A&M with the fourth overall pick and she could give stiff competition to the Oregon connection of Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty) and Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings) for Rookie of the Year.
This along with a logo change and an arena change. In spite of the high hopes put on the new-look Dream, Renee Montgomery has announced she will sit out the 2020 season to put further emphasis on social justice endeavors ala Maya Moore.
After much thought, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season. There’s work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community. Social justice reform isn’t going to happen overnight but I do feel that now is the time and Moments equal Momentum. Lets keep it going!
— Renee Montgomery (@itsreneem_) June 18, 2020
Proud of @itsreneem_ . Take a stand, do it right. The @AtlantaDream support Renee’s desire to make a difference, as long as it takes! Keep it going! @WNBA @sportsiren @RebeccaLobo @AJCsports @usatodaysports @howardmegdal @TheAthleticWNBA pic.twitter.com/QWis5lgFyj
— chris sienko (@csienko11) June 18, 2020
Last season was Montgomery’s second for Atlanta – she averaged nearly 10 points for game for a Dream squad that was without the services of Angel McCoughtry (now with the Las Vegas Aces) for the entire season.
Montgomery’s announcement comes on the heels of the WNBA’s announcement that it would play the 2020 season at the IMG Academy in Florida. The WNBPA voted on the proposal and it received 77% approval from the players.
It also comes on the heels of the Dream announcing it would designate Juneteenth as an official organizational holiday.
The Atlanta Dream have announced Juneteenth will be designated an official paid company holiday.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) June 16, 2020