Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (center) watches with teammates during the first half of WNBA basketball game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Atlanta Dream won 88-78 over the Indiana Fever. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Dream star Angel McCoughtry will not play in season finale on doctors’ advice

Two weeks after Dream star Angel McCoughtry announced her intent to play in the team’s final home game, “for all the Atlanta Dream fans to see me in that jersey before the 2019 season ends,” the team has ruled her unable to play. 

In a statement Wednesday, the Dream said team doctors have advised McCoughtry that she has not met the criteria to participate in game action until her knee gets stronger. 

The All-Star forward suffered a knee injury late last season that has sidelined her this season. The Dream (7-25) are having their worst season since their inaugural season of 2008 (four wins).

“I am a competitor and I truly miss the game — I attempted to return this season but unfortunately I have not yet been cleared, and have been advised not to jeopardize any remaining years I have left to play professional basketball” McCoughtry said in a statement.

McCougtry posted to her Instragram a video of a light work session before the Dream’s loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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McCoughtry, who is a free agent after this season, has ruled out retirement. She will be in uniform for Sunday’s season finale against the New York Liberty at State Farm Arena.

The team said it will honor McCoughtry at the game.

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