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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Chamique Holdsclaw blows up in the Washington Post today.

She suggests that she might want to play elsewhere. She takes a dig at coach Adams, saying she wishes they'd never let coach Stanley go. She criticizes her teammates, saying they haven't made the "same commitment" and that everyone has their "own agenda."

As I've pointed out before, this isn't the first time Holdsclaw has publicly criticized her teammates.

Chamique is one of the best players of all time. No one can doubt her desire to win, and we can all understand her frustration at the Mystics' persistent losing. She has been burdened by an unstable organization that has brought in some subpar coaches and players.

But I still think there's no excuse for a player to say things like this to the press.

Imagine that you're Stacey Dales-Schuman or Alana Beard or Chasity Melvin. When you read this article today, are you happy to be playing with Chamique, or do you wish you were somewhere else (like Asjha Jones)? Does it make you want to practice or play harder? Does it make you more motivated, or just pissed off?

The Mystics have problems, and as the team's best player, Holdsclaw has the right and the responsibility to try to motivate her teammates. Her public criticisms in the press, however, are counterproductive and out of line.

(For debate and other viewpoints on Mique's comments, see the ESPN board thread.)