Hollywood
Slam|November - December 2020
Though her first year in the WNBA was anything but normal, Atlanta dream star Chennedy Carter is on her way to a long career in front of the bright lights.
By DeMarco Williams

IF YOU’RE INTO SCARY movies, go to YouTube and type in “horror short films.” Once you do that, grab a few snacks and get comfy on the couch because you’re going to be there for a while.

This rabbit hole of 15-minute hair-raisers is a good distraction after a long day of work or during a lazy weekend. And if you’re a 21-year old Texas native playing pro ball in Turkey looking for something to do after a game, you couldn’t ask for a better escape.

“I’m going to check that out,” says Chennedy Carter, peeking from underneath a black Bathing Ape hoodie on a recent Zoom call. “I like all scary movies. With the pandemic, it took me away [from visiting the theaters]. I used to go to the movie theater-like every Friday. I didn’t miss Annabelle or Quiet Place.”

For much of the early fall, Carter played international ball in Elazig, Turkey, a history-rich city of about 300,000 residents that’s roughly a 12-hour drive from Istanbul. Not a whole lot of late-night shenanigans going on in Elazig, so Carter whiled away her free time by playing Call of Duty, doing some shopping, and watching creepy flicks.

“I’m such a movie person,” says Carter, who’s appropriately called “Hollywood” by friends and fans—through the moniker has much more to do with her flashy style of play than it does her penchant for streaming. “I love to lay down and just watch different movies. That’s me. I’m chill. I don’t really need too much to keep me company. My [PlayStation 4] game system, my Netflix, and my Hulu, and I’m good. That’s how I’m lasting over here.”

It can be terrifying being so far from home, especially with coronavirus fears very much alive. Still, Carter braved the unfavorable conditions to play in Europe. She felt she had no other choice. “I just knew in order to make money—and to provide for myself and my family—coming out of school, it was something I would have to do,” she says. “I was prepared for it. I just got off the phone with my agent. He was checking to see if my mental health was good and that I’m OK. I was like, Yeah, I’m doing the best I can.”

You can say that again. Through Elazig’s first three games, Carter averaged 16 points a night. She looked especially comfortable during an October 10 contest when she went off for 26.

Unfortunately, that game proved to be Carter’s last time in an Elazig uniform. Less than one week after our interview, Carter and the team abruptly parted ways. At press time, we hadn’t heard the official reason for her departure or could confirm social media rumors about her possibly playing for another overseas club this year.

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