Comets sign All-Star Shannon Johnson

HOUSTON "Shannon is a proven leader who will do what it takes to give us a chance at winning a championship," Comets coach Karleen Thompson said. "She's an All-Star and an Olympian, so she has a wealth of experience to share with less experienced players."

A nine-year WNBA veteran, the 5-foot-7 Johnson has made considerable contributions during her play as a starter for the Orlando Miracle, the Connecticut Sun, the San Antonio Silver Stars and most recently with the Detroit Shock. Prior to the 2004 WNBA Draft, the Connecticut coaching staff made her the centerpiece of a trade that sent her to San Antonio in exchange for a draft pick in each of the first three rounds. Johnson was originally assigned by the league to the now-defunct Miracle on May 3, 1999. Johnson is a three-time All-WNBA Second Team honoree (1999, 2000 and 2002) and four-time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003). She was a key reserve player for the United States of America Basketball Women's Senior National Team during the 2004 Olympics held in Athens.

"The coaching staff and I want to have a good balance of veterans who can provide younger players with on-court leadership that can improve their performance," Thompson said. "We needed to fill certain positions in order to rebuild. We're not done yet, but Shannon is an important step in forming the team."

For her career, Johnson has averaged of 11.1 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds.

The Houston Comets tip-off their 2008 home opener against the Minnesota Lynx in Reliant Arena on May 27 at 7:30pm.

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