Washington Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw touched off more speculation yesterday by practicing with the team a day after being placed on the injured list.
Holdsclaw, who practiced with the Mystics last on July 22 and has missed four of the past five games with what the club has termed a "minor medical condition," displayed no visible signs of injury or illness as she took part in drills and scrimmages.
"The bottom line is she was the leading rebounder in practice," said Mystics Coach Michael Adams, adding that the reason she was there was "to get some reps up and see how she felt and be part of the group."
Holdsclaw's illness has been kept a closely guarded secret by the Mystics, who are in last place in the WNBA's Eastern Conference after losing, 77-58, at home Wednesday night to the Indiana Fever.
The decision to keep her condition private has led to much conjecture around the league. For her part, Holdsclaw has been very tight-lipped. She released a statement on the team's Web site Tuesday, calling it a "minor medical condition" and last month told reporters: "I'm not pregnant. I don't have cancer. . . . I'm not addicted to any type of drug."
Whatever the ailment, it does not seem to affect Holdsclaw's mobility. It would, however, seem to prevent her from rooting her teammates on from the bench. Holdsclaw did not join her teammates on the sideline during Wednesday night's loss. According to Mystics center Chasity Melvin, she had informed the club that same day that she felt well enough to practice the following morning.
"She was cleared by management and coaches to not be there [Wednesday]," said Judy Holland-Burton, the club's senior vice president of basketball operations.
-- Greg Sandoval