It has been since last May that April Sykes has played a basketball game.
The former East Oktibbeha player has wanted to be on the court, but an injury and eventual surgery kept her from doing so.
Sykes developed a fracture of the left tibia that progressively got worse during training camp and prior to last season with the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association.
"I got to training camp and had the injury then," Sykes said. "I was trying to stay off it and (the Sparks) told me I had to sit out in training camp, but I wanted to play and participated. I had to sit out six to eight weeks before training camp even started. The doctor told me not to participate, but I went ahead and did it.
"I was kicked in the leg, then the next day at practice, they told me not to practice, but I wanted to practice because I knew that I wasn't guaranteed anything and was still playing for a spot. They released me because of my injury, but I stayed in L.A. to rehab with some of the sports people."
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