Liz Cambage's arrival to Shock delayed

Updated: May 15, 2011, 3:30 PM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Liz Cambage, the second pick in the WNBA draft, will miss the first few days of the Tulsa Shock's training camp because of a problem with her visa.

Coach and general manager Nolan Richardson said when the Shock opened camp Sunday that the 6-foot-8 center from Australia should arrive by Wednesday.

Former Oklahoma State standout Andrea Riley, acquired in an offseason trade with Los Angeles, is expected to join practice within 10 days. She gave birth to a daughter in late March and has not been cleared to practice.

"We're not going to rush Andrea back," Richardson said. "She needs time to heal."

Tulsa plays a preseason game May 29 at Seattle and opens the regular season June 4 at San Antonio.

The Shock were a league-worst 6-28 last season, their first since relocating from Detroit. Only six of the 14 players who started camp Sunday were with the team last season.

Other offseason acquisitions include free agent veterans Sheryl Swoopes and Betty Lennox. Swoopes, 40, won four consecutive titles with Houston from 1997-2000 and is trying to make a comeback after a three-year absence.

Lennox helped Seattle capture the 2004 championship, earning MVP honors in the finals.

"I feel good," Swoopes said. "I didn't sleep last night. You'd think I was a rookie.

"But to be out three years and come back, I still love this game. What was so interesting to me was to watch these younger players and see how hard they work."


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