In a brief statement last October, Mystics star Chamique Holdsclaw said she left her team in the middle of the 2004 WNBA season because of depression.
Now, Holdsclaw, in her first television interview since, told her story on ESPN. Holdsclaw, who missed the final 13 games of last season, recently sat down with ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols in Valencia, Spain, where Holdsclaw is playing for a EuroLeague team.
Holdsclaw, who won three NCAA titles from 1996-98 at Tennessee, details her battle with depression; how she handled speculation on her "minor medical condition," as the Mystics described it to the media; and how her life has been after returning to the court in Spain.
Holdsclaw said the depression immobilized her.
"I couldn't concentrate, I couldn't focus," she said in the interview. "It was just like my mind was going around in circles. I remember going on the court -- it was like I was blinded by the light. It was like I couldn't see clearly and that's when I said, 'Enough is enough.'
"I remember when it hit me the hardest -- I was just stuck on my sofa. I didn't move. I was there for a couple of days. My phone was ringing. I didn't pick (it) up. To think about tomorrow or the next day was like a headache."
Will Holdsclaw return to the WNBA?
"I'm just taking one day at a time," she said. "The only thing I know is that I'm loving the game. I'm loving Spain and I'm just having a blast."