Until this week, Brown had asked for privacy surrounding his illness, but after Sparks’ season, he shared more about what ended his season. In her final interview of the WNBA season, Brown told reporters, “It’s really complicated.” “What I can share is that it was a bacterial infection.” She mentioned that around June 15, when she missed her first games, her infection had become severe, she was almost septic and she had to undergo emergency surgery.
Brown said: “My goal was always to come back. My mindset was always to conquer this and get back on the court, and those were always the conversations we had. But my mind and my body did not match.” He added that after trying to return in July, his body wasn’t ready and he ultimately had to undergo another surgery.
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“The length of my absence is primarily due to recovering from surgeries,” Brown said. He will soon undergo a third surgery, which was part of the reason behind officially shutting him down for the season in August.
Before her absence, Brown was averaging 12.4 points per game, the most (almost double) in her six-season WNBA career. She played 30 minutes a game and shot 40% from the floor. Reflecting on the season, Brown shared, “I never took my health for granted, but if there are moments where I did, I don’t think I’ll ever have those moments again.” Brown shared that for almost four to six weeks she would not leave her apartment due to the pain, but she was very grateful for the support of her family and friends.
Brown also expressed her gratitude to the Sparks organization for helping her keep the nature of her illness private: “They kept everything extremely private, which I really appreciate because it was difficult; People have many opinions and thoughts about what was really happening to me. And (The Sparks) didn’t say anything. And I didn’t say anything because, you know, the focus this season was on the team, and I didn’t want to take anything away from that.”
Brown spoke about the team’s morale and attitude, noting that despite the many injuries that plagued the Sparks this season, including his own, he loved watching his team’s players get opportunities, signing players mid-season season and see the growth within the team as a result.
Brown plans to play with Athletes Unlimited in the offseason, where she has already served as president of the Player Executive Committee. She hopes to get back to full training at Lexie Brown’s level by early in the New Year.
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“I was extremely happy with the way I was playing before I came out and my role on this team, playing alongside Jordin (Canada) as my point guard, and having someone like Nneka (Ogwumike) down there, I was really happy. comfortable out there,” Brown said. “I’m very excited for next season and for me personally, and for me the only goal I have now is to recover and get back on the court.”
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