Mystics forward, on injured list, works with team

Updated: September 3, 2004, 1:16 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw touched off more speculation about her health problem when she practiced with the team Thursday, two days after being placed on the injured list.

Holdsclaw, who has not disclosed the nature of the problem, has what the club has termed a "minor medical condition." Her health issue came up in late July and sidelined her for three of Washington's four games before the Olympic break.

According to a story in Friday's editions of The Washington Post, Holdsclaw did not show any visible signs of injury or illness while participating in drills and scrimmages Thursday.

"The bottom line is she was the leading rebounder in practice," Mystics coach Michael Adams told The Post, adding that the reason she was there was "to get some reps up and see how she felt and be part of the group."

Still, Holdsclaw did not attend Wednesday night's 19-point loss to Indiana that left the Mystics 12-15. They are last in the Eastern Conference.

Before Thursday, she last practiced July 22. The WNBA's second-leading scorer has sat out four of Washington's past five games.

The Mystics have kept Holdsclaw's illness a closely guarded secret, buffeting curiosity around the league. On her Web site, Holdsclaw issued a statement Tuesday saying she'd "like to thank everyone for their wishes, support and prayers as I take some needed time to address a personal medical issue. The past several weeks have been difficult for me and it has meant a lot for me to receive such incredible support."

Holdsclaw also told fans in her statement not to listen to reports that she's unhappy in Washington and that she is "looking forward to seeing you all again at the MCI Center when I return."

Because she's on the injured list, Holdsclaw will miss games Saturday at Indiana and Monday at home against Sacramento. Her status beyond then is not clear.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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