WNBA’s Chicago Sky is getting some tough news regarding Kamilla Cardoso

WNBA’s Chicago Sky is getting some tough news regarding Kamilla Cardoso

Certainly not the novelty that Kamilla Cardoso and the Chicago Sky — not to mention the WNBA as a whole — wanted a week before the league’s 2024 opening night. But Cardoso was diagnosed with a shoulder injury during training camp on Monday, an injury that will sideline her for four to six weeks. Cardoso suffered the injury during the team’s opening match.

It’s an unfortunate turn for the Sky’s No. 3 pick, who is coming off an undefeated championship season with South Carolina in which she grabbed national headlines and established herself as a dominant presence in the frontcourt with averages of 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds. She also scored 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists in 25.4 minutes per game.

The Sky’s other top rookie, No. 13 pick Brynna Maxwell, will also miss time, out for three to four weeks with a knee injury.

Coach Teresa Witherspoon spoke about both players’ injuries, but did not provide details about which injuries they suffered. “They’re trying their hardest to get better and get themselves back into it,” Weatherspoon said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. ”This is a long season. “We want to make sure we take care of every player.”

Kamilla Cardoso will miss about ten games

The 6-foot-1 Cardoso is expected to come off the bench in her first season in the WNBA and eventually work her way into the starting five. The injury should keep her out for at least eight games.

Part of the challenge for Weatherspoon was always finding ways to mesh the games of Cardoso and fellow first-rounder Angel Reese, who is expected to be a starter.

“They come in with tremendous belief in themselves, knowing what they can do. But they also understand the little things they need to be better at. When you have that, you know they are willing to be better than they are now,” Weatherspoon said last week.

“If you ever really looked at them, they compete. They want to win at all costs. Come from winning programs, they are very well coached. And I like it.”

In their 2024 WNBA mock draft, ESPN labeled Cardoso as a unique, albeit raw prospect:

“There just aren’t that many players in women’s basketball with the size, strength and agility of the 6-7 Cardoso. That’s why she could also come second or third. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said at the Albany 1 Regional that she hopes to see what she calls “Killa Kamilla” at the Final Four: Cardoso focused and decisive, making the most of her physical advantages.

Chicago Sky Game airs

The good news for fans of the Chicago Sky is that the team’s second WNBA preseason game will be available after fans were outraged that the preseason opener against Minnesota was not televised last Friday. The game still attracted more than half a million viewers to the game’s livestream by one fan.

The Sky overlooks the New York Liberty at Wintrust Arena. That showdown will be broadcast on WNBA League Pass, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Weatherspoon said, “The group of young ladies we have are worth seeing. It’s good to know that things have changed and that we are seen and that we can play the game of basketball the way we love and have fun while the world can watch.”