Just over a week ago, Odyssey Sims was playing in a Jordan brand streetball event in the impending Olympic streets of Paris, France.
Days later, Sims is suiting up for her hometown, Dallas Wings, and the early results have been everything Wings GM Greg Bibb could have hoped for when bringing in the veteran point guard.

“It’s just staying ready, so I don’t have to get ready,” Sims said after Thursday afternoon the Wings 94-88 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

Even though Sims has had success over her now ten-year WNBA career, she wasn’t on any of the twelve teams roster to begin this season.

However, Sims knew that she would find herself in the league this year.

“When the season started, I knew I wasn’t done playing in the league. Obviously, I’m getting older, but I still have something left in my tank.”

Sims wasn’t playing for the Wings, but she wasn’t far from the team during their rough start to the 2024 season.

The Irving, Texas, native often attended Wings home games until she was suiting up for Dallas last Thursday.

Much like all of the Wings’ roster, Arike Ogunbowale took notice of Sims’ attendance.

“She also came to every home game this year and supported us even though she wasn’t on the team. That’s a testament to who she is as a person — she’s not bitter even though we didn’t pick her up. She was ready for any team to pick her up,” Ogunbowale said.

When Sims came out of the stands at the College Park Center and onto the court, the results were numbers that Dallas could have only dreamed of.

In three games since returning to the Wings, Sims has averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Sims is making a strong case to remain on the roster once again, even after her hardship contract expires.

Last season, Sims joined the Wings on a hardship contract and played her way into being kept on the roster for the Wings longest playoff run in team history.

Dallas isn’t having the same success this season. The Wings are 4-15, tied with the Washington Mystics for the worst record in the WNBA.

The Wings’ good news is that they sit just 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot, with 8 of the 12 WNBA teams qualifying for the playoffs each season.

Dallas returns home this Wednesday, and they will take on the Phoenix Mercury at 7:00 PM from the College Park Center in Arlington.

PHOTO: Dallas Wings

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