Earlier today, former Louisville and current Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry, who missed the 2018 postseason and all of the 2019 regular season due to a knee injury, went on Twitter and hinted at possible retirement.
“Atlanta! I’m grateful,” McCoughtry tweeted, along with a photo of her younger self. “Thank you for allowing me to grow as a woman here!”
Atlanta! I’m grateful, thank you for allowing me to grow as a woman here! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2og46GF6kI— Angel McCoughtry (@angel_35) October 21, 2019
It is still unclear whether McCoughtry is implying retirement, joining a new team or perhaps saying goodbye to Atlanta and hello to College Park.
In September, after the Dream announced she hadn’t been cleared to play, McCoughtry said in a team press release:
I am a competitor and I truly miss the game – I attempted to return this season but unfortunately I have not yet been cleared, and have been advised not to jeopardize any remaining years I have left to play professional basketball.
McCoughtry, 32, took the Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA championship game as a senior in 2009. She was drafted by Atlanta as the No. 1 overall pick that year. As a member of the Dream, she became a dominant offensive force and led the team to three WNBA Finals appearances. If she does retire before the 2020 season, she will certainly leave behind a legacy that is among the all-time greats, even though a WNBA title so far has eluded her.
McCoughtry was the 2009 Rookie of the Year and has averaged 20-plus points per game during five seasons of her WNBA career. She was an All-Star selection five times and has notched six All-Defensive Team honors.
McCoughtry is currently fifth all-time in scoring, with 19.1 points per game. She is second in steals per game with 2.1 (behind Tamika Catchings). She has played in Atlanta for her entire career.