Holdsclaw misses L.A.'s opener due to family issues

Updated: May 21, 2006, 8:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- All-Star forward Chamique Holdsclaw missed the Los Angeles Sparks' season opener Sunday night in Seattle while tending to family issues on the East Coast.

Holdsclaw left the Sparks last weekend with permission, and was at home with her family. Coach Joe Bryant would not set a timetable for her return, but the Sparks play in Charlotte on Tuesday night and in San Antonio on Thursday night.

"We're not even talking about those things," Bryant said before Sunday's game. "Attending to her family is the most important thing."

The 28-year-old Holdsclaw averaged 17 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Sparks last season -- her first with the team.

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