The Houston Comets' Sheryl Swoopes, a driving force in three of the Comets' four straight WNBA championships, has come a long way in the healing process. She spent last season recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in her left knee. The injury robbed her of a chance to repeat her MVP performance of 2000, when she pushed the Comets to the WNBA title and led the league in scoring and steals.
The Comets tumbled in 2001 from the dominant team in the league to a third place finish in the Western Conference. The team was then swept from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Sparks, who succeeded them as WNBA champs. Swoopes wasn't sure about returning after doctors cleared her to play. She says her return has required a lot of hard work. Comets trainer Michelle Leget says the biggest thing Swoopes has learned is that a complete recovery from such an injury involves a complete change in lifestyle.
Swoopes says most days she's pleased with her progress. With Swoopes, top draft pick Michelle Snow, and Rebecca Lobo, the Comets are angling to return to the playoffs and return to their championship form.