The Michael Cooper era officially begins on Sunday when the Atlanta Dream open training camp in advance of the 2014 campaign. Cooper replaces Fred Williams who was not retained by the team during the offseason and moved on Tulsa.
While the core of Angel McCoughtry, Sancho Lyttle and Erika DeSouza return there are plenty of new faces as well. First-round draft pick Schoni Schimmel officially signed with the team on Friday and signed point guard Celine Dumerc during the offseason. She is expected to compete for the starting point guard job right away. The Dream also were a part of a three-team trade prior to the draft sending Alex Bentley to the Connecticut Sun for Matee Ajavon.
Long time fans will miss Armintie Herrington who signed with the L.A. Sparks and former Dream assistant Carol Ross. Herrington had spent the last five seasons with the Dream.
Several players including, McCoughtry, Lyttle and de Souza will arrive to camp late due to their commitments with their overseas teams. The Dream begin practice on Sunday and will continue to practice through May 4. They will play a preseason game on May 11 at Philips Arena against the New York Liberty. The regular season opens on Friday, May 16 against the San Antonio Stars.
Here is a look at the Dream's training camp roster:
|Nadia Gomes Colhado||C||6-4||185||R|
|Erika de Souza||C||6-5||190||8|