It's been a rough road recently, both for guard Epiphanny Prince and the Chicago Sky, as Prince's broken foot forces her to sit on the sidelines while her team struggles. As she prepares to return, however, Prince gives RedEye an exclusive look at her journey back to health.
Week 4: On her own—for now
It's my second week off crutches and I don't miss them. Without an obvious injury, most people aren't as likely to focus on it when talking to me. I'd rather think about more positive things anyway.
This week [Sky coach] Pokey [Chatman] called off practices so everyone is getting some downtime. Maybe notSwin [Cash] andSylvia [Fowles], as they are playing for Team USA in London, but the rest of us have all had a week off of basketball.
Of course I don't get to take a week off of rehab, so it's still work for me. The good news is I can do it almost anywhere. I flew out to New York to see family and friends and have been training at Velocity Sports while I'm here. Besides all the walking in the pool, I've started doing toe raises, calf raises, and single leg balancing on my right leg to get it back to full strength.
I've also started doing some physical therapy, and I swear I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemies. It hurts.
Our first game after the break is at home on Aug. 17. That's my goal. We play Atlanta and I want to be on the floor.