If you can't beat them, you may as well join them.
So says the Canberra Capitals' newest recruit Brittany Smart, who has signed with the reigning WNBL champions for the 2020-21 season.
Smart, who was born in Ohio but is now a permanent resident of Australia, comes to Canberra after two seasons with the Sydney Flames.
She adds veteran experience to the Capitals' guard rotation, having played in the United States, Belgium and Sweden before joining the WNBL with the Melbourne Boomers in 2015.
The chance to play alongside Opals Marianna Tolo and Kelsey Griffin proved irrestible for the 34-year-old guard, as well as linking up with assistant coach Kristen Veal.
"I'm very thankful to be joining the club and I'm really looking forward to it. They've been a worthy competitor over the last few years," Smart said.
"I've always thought the Capitals did it the right way in terms of competing and challenging, it looks like everyone from management and coaching has been on the same page. They've been able to bring out the best in their athletes both on and off the court.
"It goes to show they have good leadership between Paul [Goriss], the coaching staff and co-captain. It just seems the mix of veteran and young players is the right recipe.
"I played my first WNBL season with Veal so to be working closely again with her, I thought this could be a pretty good option."
MORE CANBERRA SPORT
Smart is the ninth player to join Paul Goriss' roster, following former Sydney teammate Tahlia Tupaea.
Her signature means the Capitals have quickly assembled the bulk of their squad as they set their sights on a historic WNBL three-peat. They have at least one more spot to fill, pending on whether Gemma Potter plays college basketball or not.
"Tahlia and I will still play big roles and we'll do that in a way that fits the team," Smart said.
"We're not trying to replace Kia Nurse and Olivia Epoupa, who are great players in their own right, but how we can use what we have to make the others better.
"They already have chemistry and we can just work through the pre-season to become comfortable and contribute in ways we know how. They have the right recipe, if we're on board with that process we can just keep going on what they've already started."
With no basketball to play during shutdown, Smart has been working to become an accredited personal trainer in Melbourne.
She's looking to continue her personal training business online while in Canberra and set-up live coaching opportunities as well.