Lieberman, 50, Returning to WNBA

Hall of Famer to play for short-handed Detroit for 7 days
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2008 3:24 PM CDT
Lieberman, 50, Returning to WNBA
Lieberman will be the oldest player to ever hit a WNBA court.   (Getty Images (by Event))

(Newser) – Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is headed back to the WNBA at age 50, reports ESPN, which is losing her from its airwaves to the Detroit Shock, a team she played for and coached. Lieberman signed a 7-day contract to help a team hurt by injury and looming disciplinary action; she’ll be the league’s oldest player ever—breaking a record she set in 1997, at 39.

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"At last year's WNBA All-Star Game, our coaching staff watched Nancy run through the skills test. She was very impressive," said Bill Laimbeer, the former NBA star who’s the Shock’s coach and general manager. “Can she still compete at this level? I don't know. But I'm going to throw her in the fire.” (Read more WNBA stories.)

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