The Tulsa Shock announce that Elizabeth Cambage will not return to Tulsa for the 2014 WNBA Season. She is staying in Australia to train with the Australian National Basketball Team for the FIBA World Championships. They will be held in late September into early October in Turkey.
"As an organization, we were very disappointed when we learned through Liz's agent last week that Liz will not be returning to Tulsa for our fifth season," said Steve Swetoha, President of the Tulsa Shock."I am disappointed Liz will not be with us this season," said Tulsa Shock, Head Coach Fred Williams. "I was looking forward to working with her on the basketball court."
Cambage was the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Shock. Her relationship with the city and with Tulsa Shock fans has been shaky. When it was predicted that she was going to be taking by the Shock, Cambage was quoted in a Herald Sun article saying "I don't want to play at Tulsa," Cambage said. "I've made that clear. They want to make me a franchise player, but I'm not going to the WNBA for that. I'm going there to learn and improve my game. But what can you do? My agent will deal with that and I'll focus on trying not to stress out." She later said that she was misquoted.Then after the 2012 Summer Olympics Cambage was supposed to return for the second half of the WNBA season, but didn't. Her agent released a statement which said, "Over the past 6 months Liz has been involved with the Australian National Team as they prepared for the 2012 London Olympics. She has returned from the Olympic campaign physically exhausted and is in need of some recovery time. Unfortunately this will make her unavailable for the remaining few weeks of the WNBA season. We are aware that this is an unfortunate situation and we appreciate and thank Tulsa Shock for their understanding."Before the 2013 season, Cambage's agent said she would not be returning to Tulsa due to a broken wrist suffered while playing in China. She eventually changed her mind and played sparingly due to injuries. Cambage led the Shock in 2013 averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting 56.1 percent from the field.The Shock will retain Elizabeth Cambage's WNBA rights and her roster spot will be available for this season.