Storm Head Coach Brian Agler offered an update yesterday on center Janell Burse, who is sitting this season out. Agler had spoken earlier in the week to Burse, who was headed to Russia yesterday to prepare to play for Dynamo Moscow this upcoming season.
“She said that three or four weeks into the season or even when she got back, she really missed it,” shared Agler. “She’s excited about coming back to play and has been following us. She’s feeling better and refreshed and she’s going to go over and play in Moscow, so she’ll be in the same league as Sue (Bird) and Lauren (Jackson) and a lot of the players that play in our league.”
After Burse opted not to join the Storm, the team had to place her on the long-term suspended list to maintain her rights and not have her salary count against the cap. That meant that though her name was brought up by fans in the wake of Jackson’s injury as a possible replacement, Burse could not play in the WNBA this season.
Instead, Burse spent the summer rehabbing and working out with former long-time NBA coach John Lucas in Houston. Now she’s headed back overseas and will face high-level competition in the Russian Superleague as well as in the EuroCup. Before joining Russian rival Spartak, Bird spent two seasons playing for Dynamo.