Kelly Miller had almost given up on the idea of ever again playing on the same basketball team as her twin sister, Coco.
Not since 2001 had the twins played together at the University of Georgia and sisterly reunions almost never play out in professional sports.
But that all changed for Kelly Miller on Wednesday when the Atlanta Dream signed her to a two-year free-agent contract and re-signed Coco to a two-year deal.
“I’m so excited to be playing for Atlanta,” Kelly said. “Coco and I have dreamed about playing on the same team again and are so grateful for this opportunity.”
Coco said she’s thankful that the Dream decided to hold a reunion.
“We haven’t played together since our days at UGA, so I’m really looking forward to it,” Coco said. “It’s like a dream come true.”
Kelly, a 5-foot-10 guard, started 25 of 34 games for the Minnesota Lynx last year and averaged 4.4 points and two assists. She has averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 assists during her nine-year career.
“I think Atlanta is the perfect fit for me,” Kelly said. “They love to get up and down the floor and they have some of the fastest players in the league. They have a great mix of veterans and young talent, so it’s going to be an exciting season.”
Coco, a 5-9 guard, averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 rebounds for the Dream last year. She thinks Kelly will add a lot to the team.
“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season,” Coco said. “With the new roster additions and talented returning players, it’s going to be a very exciting year for the Dream.”
But the biggest winners from having Kelly and Coco on the same team will be their mother and father or, more specifically, their wallets.
The parents shuttled between Atlanta and Minnesota watching the twins play last year.
“This will definitely make it easier on my parents,” Kelly said. “They won’t have to split their time between two cities and now they can cheer for one team.”