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April 18, 2019 — An enormous symptom

Recently, Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm and the U.S. women’s national basketball team, was chosen by The Syracuse Post-Standard as the single best high-school athlete ever to come out of central New York.

Last weekend, playing in a EuroLeague semifinal with Dynamo Kursk of the Russian first division of pro women’s basketball, she went up for a rebound and landed on the foot of teammate Brittney Griner.

The result is the most devastating and debilitating injury a basketball player can have, a ruptured Achilles tendon.

It is an injury that will keep Stewart out of the 2019 WNBA season, and likely will prevent her from returning to Europe to play, and just might affect her preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mechelle Voepel of espnW neatly captures what I think is an enormous problem when it comes to the WNBA and the players who have to go to Europe in order to make a sustainable salary.