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

5/21/2006 - WNBA

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.