Cambage’s Opals future likely over
Australian superstar Liz Cambage may have played her final game for the Opals after not being included in the 24-player squad for next year's FIBA Women's World Cup.
Basketball Australia will officially release the squad tomorrow, where it's expected Cambage's name won't feature according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
The World Cup will take place in Sydney between 22 September and 1 October next year.
Cambage's expected omission follows the 30-year-old's exit from the Opals prior to the Tokyo Olympics. In the lead-up to the Games, the four-time WNBA All-Star withdrew from the Australian squad, for which she flagged mental health issues, including panic attacks.
In Cambage's absence, the Opals got thumped in the quarter-finals by Team USA.
Prior to her Tokyo withdrawal, Cambage was involved in a heated clash during a warm-up game against Nigeria, getting into a physical altercation and exchanging words with the opposition.
Cambage last month avoided fines and suspensions but was found guilty of one charge.
"The panel, after examination of the evidence before it, determined that Elizabeth Cambage did engage in conduct that brought Basketball Australia into censure in relation to one of the incidents charged," Basketball Australia said in a statement.
While it remains unclear whether Cambage wants to take part in the upcoming World Cup and its warm-up matches starting in February, she has fallen out with several Opals teammates according to the Sydney Morning Herald's report.
It's also unlikely at this stage that she will enter the selection frame for the 2024 Paris Olympics.