Sandrine Gruda will apparently not debut for the Connecticut Sun on Friday.
Gruda, originally slated to arrive tonight from France, missed her flight, Sun coach Mike Thibault said Thursday, and now isn't expected to arrive in New York until after 5 p.m. on Friday. The Sun and Liberty tip off at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Thibault said Thursday afternoon he wasn't sure why the 6-foot-4 center missed her flight — her agent had called the Sun — but "the original deal was she wasn’t coming until Saturday anyway, but I had kind of convinced her to come today. But it backfired anyway."
"I hadn’t planned anything around her being here," Thibault said of Friday's game. "That had no bearing what we were doing for tomorrow. I was more interested in having her watch us play and getting used to her teammates and seeing all that."
Given Gruda arrives on Friday, she'll practice Saturday and suit up on Sunday against the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Meanwhile, Kerri Gardin (concussion) has been cleared to play Friday against New York. The forward was not limited in practice on Thursday and "should be good to go," Thibault said.