Holdsclaw 'to focus on my medical issues'

Updated: July 30, 2004, 12:55 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Chamique Holdsclaw, the WNBA's second-leading scorer, will miss two more games because of medical problems.

Holdsclaw said she "didn't feel 100 percent" after the Washington's 73-65 loss to the Detroit Shock on Wednesday, according to the Mystics' Web site. Teams officials and Holdsclaw have not identified her medical condition.

"She's obviously not here," Washington coach Michael Adams told the Washington Post on Thursday. "She's taking care of the issue, and we just have to deal with that."

Holdsclaw left the team after last Friday's win over Minnesota and didn't travel to Charlotte on Saturday or practice with the team until Wednesday's pregame drills.

"I recognize now that I need to focus on my medical issues," Holdsclaw said in the statement. "I just want to thank my teammates, the coaches, [Tennessee coach] Pat Summit, [vice president of basketball operations] Judy Holland Burton, the organization, and last but not least, the fans who have been tremendous with their concern and support. I hope that everyone will respect my privacy."

Holdsclaw is averaging 19 points and 8.3 rebounds for the last-place Mystics (10-14), who are 2½ games out of first place in the tight Eastern Conference. She will miss home games against Connecticut on Friday and Phoenix on Sunday.

The WNBA takes a monthlong break in August during the Olympics.

Holdsclaw opted out of the U.S. national team, and will miss the WNBA All-Star game on Aug. 5 because of a previous commitment to a basketball camp.

"Chamique has always shown courage as a player and as an individual," Mystics owner Abe Pollin said. "Her strength and character will see her through this difficult time. Our main concern is her health and well being and she has all of our support."

Adams hadn't spoken to Holdsclaw on Thursday and hadn't been in contact with her during the first four days of her absence, either.

"She's taking care of things she's taking care of," Adams told the Post. " I've said all along that if she's not here, we can win without her."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.