Kahleah Copper’s outdoor season is going to look a little different this year after adding a gold medal to its trophy case

Kahleah Copper was considering investing in a commemorative issue.

He’s definitely justified after the year he’s been in the Sky ranger. Over the past 365 days, Cooper has won the WNBA title, was named WNBA Finals Player of the Year, moved to Spain to play for Perfumerias Avenida and won two MVP awards. She returned to the WNBA and followed up her All-Star season by winning her first gold medal with Team USA at the Basketball World Cup.

Forget one case. Copper may want to consider investing in two.

“[Right now] Cooper said. “So I understand [them] every day.”

The rapid transition from the WNBA season to the FIBA ​​World Cup in Australia has come under intense scrutiny by the players involved, especially after a number of stars were injured in the competition. Copper was one of them.

In Team USA’s quarter-final match against Serbia, Cooper fell with a left thigh injury that kept her out of the rest of the competition. Team USA did not provide an injury update, but Sky coach James Wade said Cooper is improving. Cooper said she will be training with the coaches in Chicago this off season.

She had 24 hours to pack her life in Chicago and back to Philadelphia after losing Sky’s Game 5 in the semi-finals to The Sun before joining Team USA.

The quick turnaround made her ponder for a moment whether she could compete for a place on Sheryl Reeve’s World Cup squad. But Cooper had a conversation with her agent, former WNBA champion Tisha Benichiro, who set the record straight.

The two discussed Cooper’s past experience not making the final roster for Team USA and the importance of moving out of the WNBA season.

“First of all, she’s a Virgo,” Cooper said. “So there is one thing about her, that she will not smear anything with sugar. She will tell me what exactly it is.”

There were only three players on the US team who made it to the World Cup on cloud nine, and they were members of the WNBA champion: A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, and Chelsea Gray. Everyone else came with a certain level of disappointment.

Cooper said the group briefly discussed the season, but there wasn’t a lot of energy to it. The quick shift in their focus was a reflection of their commitment to winning the gold medal.

Team USA won their fourth consecutive World Cup gold and 11th overall with an average victory margin of 40.8 points. The Americans beat China 83-61 in the gold medal match. Cooper helped her team out from the sideline but was honored by Reeve and his teammates for being the spark throughout the competition. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in six games.

The copper concentration has now shifted to rest and recovery. She chose not to play abroad that season, and signed a player marketing agreement with the WNBA instead.

Last week, a copper mural by Philadelphia artist Priscilla Bell was unveiled at the Simpson Rick Center in Northeast Philadelphia. The mural and its unveiling was a partnership between HighlightHER and Zelle. Cooper was able to donate $10,000 to the Imhotep Institute Charter School girls’ basketball program as part of the partnership. Cooper’s former coach Dave Hardgrove agreed to donate.

The mural displays images of Copper in her celestial outfit, as well as a picture of her with her late grandmother, Bateya. The image was a copy of an image that Copper wears every day on a chain around her neck.

Cooper is the only member of Sky’s five junior squad to be under a 2023 contract. Sky will likely have a different look next year, considering Allie Quigley and Candace Parker are considering retirement and Courtney Vanderslott will consider her options as an unrestricted free agent.

Two of Cooper’s colleagues in the USA, Brianna Stewart and Brianna Jones, are also unrestricted free agents. Copper never shy away from recruiting.

“When the time comes, relationships are established,” Cooper said. “I will plant seeds here and there.”

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