Shoni Schimmel has yet to report the New York Liberty training camp and there is a chance she could be suspended for the 2017 season.
As WNBA training camp continues and the teams begin their preseason schedules, rosters are beginning to take shape. Some notable rookies have already been cut and players are returning from competing overseas, necessitating some hard decisions by coaching staffs
For the New York Liberty, they have a different kind of problem.
Guard Shoni Schimmel, who the Liberty acquired from the Atlanta Dream, has yet to report to training camp. And at this point, there is no indication if she intended to show up any time soon.
It is being reported by the AP’s Doug Feinberg that according to Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer “Shoni has decided to take some time off.”
How much time is the bigger question.
When asked, Laimbeer said “You’d have to call and ask her. I’m not going to speak for her. She’s on the roster, she’s under contract. It’s her choice.”
Schimmel was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, taken by Atlanta and then traded to the Liberty after the 2015 season. While in Atlanta Schimmel had conditioning issues that she seemed to have put behind her in New York. She played in 17 games for the Liberty and averaged 2.1 points per game.
That all came to an end in late August when Schimmel suffered a concussion and had to sit the rest of the season.
It is unknown if the reason for her not showing up for training camp is related to the concussion or if this is something new that the Liberty are unaware of.
If Schimmel continues to be a no-show for camp, the Liberty have two options: they can suspend her for the entire season and retain her rights, or they can cut her and just be done with it.
Right now, considering the number of unknowns involved, no one would be surprised if the Liberty simply cut her. Despite being the MVP of the WNBA All-Star Game in 2014, Schimmel never seemed to demonstrate the kinds of skills that made her a star at Louisville.
There are more than enough talented rookies and free agents that will be available that the Liberty could sign to replace Schimmel’s production off the bench once the season starts.
Neither Schimmel nor her agent Allison Galer have commented on the situation.
Keep it here at Shattered Backboard for more information as it develops.