Cynthia Cooper Returns to Comets

Cynthia Cooper won four WNBA Championships with the Houston Comets before she retired after the 2000 season. After a turn at coaching with the Phoenix Mercury, Coop is lacing up her high tops once again, returning to the court with the Houston Comets to see if they can recapture the crown from the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks.

Read the transcript from Cynthia Cooper's press conference.

The Big Three's Back in Action
Back in February, amid speculation of a possible Cynthia Cooper return, WNBA.com asked Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson to share their thoughts on what was then just a possible reunion of the Big Three that won the first four titles in WNBA history.

"I think that it’s great. Knowing Cynthia and her personality, she’s going to be ready, so I have no doubts that when she gets back, she’s going to be awesome and probably not missing a beat from when she left in our fourth season. It’s really good to see her come back. She loves the game and I know that it’s probably something she was missing."
- Comets forward Tina Thompson

"Cynthia’s her own person, and I think Cynthia’s going to do whatever Cynthia feels like is best for her, whatever she wants to do. I think when Cynthia was playing basketball, obviously she meant a lot to the game -- not only for Houston and the Comets, but for the WNBA, for so many people who looked up to her. And I think when she did retire, there were a lot of people who were probably devastated and weren’t ready for her to do that, but I think every person has to make her own decision. And if her coming back is what she wants to do, then I think that’s what she should do."
- Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes
Watch the video from the press conference:
No. 14 makes the announcement: 56k | 300k
Coop explains why she's coming back: 56k | 300k
Cynthia on her playing shape: 56k | 300k
Coach Chancellor's reaction: 56k | 300k
Coop on fitting in with the team: 56k | 300k

Take a look back at the accomplishments and honors Cooper earned during her first four years in the league:
Two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player
– 1997, 1998
Four-time All-WNBA First Team
– 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Led WNBA in scoring three times
– 1997 (22.2 ppg), 1998 (22.7 ppg) and 1999 (22.1 ppg)
Four-time WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player
– 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Two-time WNBA All-Star
– 1999, 2000

Cynthia Cooper is back for 2003. (Ronald Martinez/WNBAE/Getty Images)

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Video

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Lynx vs. Sun

Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

Dream vs. Mystics

Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.

Liberty vs. Mercury

Diana Taurasi records 15 points and 10 assists, Britney Griner adds 18 points as the Mercury roll to their 15th straight win.