For professional basketball players in the WNBA, the season doesn’t end after a championship.
A lot of players take their talents overseas and end up playing year round to make up for the pay disparity they face in the United States. One of those players is Dallas Wings’ center Liz Cambage.
This year, Cambage returned to the WNBA for the first time since 2013 after playing on the Australian national team and in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Associated. In a recent interview with ESPN, Cambage stated her reluctance to continue playing in the states after the 2018 season.
“I’ll see how I feel after China,” Cambage said. “I think I probably have five days at home [in Australia] for the rest of this year, until February next year. We’ll see how I’m feeling.”
Cambage is days away from Dallas’ last regular season home game. She currently leads the league in scoring with an average of 22.8 points per game and is second in rebounding with 9.7 per game. Earlier in the year, she broke the WNBA’s single-game scoring record by racking up 53 points against New York on July 17.
With her success, Cambage has also been critical of the league and voiced concerns regarding travel conditions for the players, on-court play and pay — or the lack thereof.
“I’ve said this many times: [The WNBA] doesn’t pay my bills … playing here doesn’t pay my bills,” Cambage said. “We make more money overseas. I’m ready to have next summer off and focus on getting a European contract where its 10 seasons here worth the pay.
“It sucks because I love to be here, I love to put the game out there, I love what comes with playing here. But at the end of the day, for my longevity, I worry about my body, my mind and my soul. I really don’t get paid enough to be beaten up every game. I’m not a WWE wrestler and that’s how it feels sometimes out on the court.”
Cambage and the Wings will play Las Vegas for the final playoff spot Friday.