Archive for June, 2011
in Lois Elfman’s WNBA 15 for 15 is up: Crystal Robinson, Transitioning from Player to Coach
Heading into the 2007 WNBA season Crystal Robinson was in pain. Living on a daily diet of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, her body had a frank conversation with her head.
“It’s like my body said, ‘Crystal, you’ve got to quit. Do you want to walk when you’re 50 or not?’” Robinson recalls. “I got to the point where I was in so much pain that I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do. I became frustrated and decided I’m going to have to let this go.”
As the saying goes, when one door closes another opens. Robinson had always planned to go into coaching and she was excited by the prospect of being an assistant coach for Washington Mystics head coach Richie Adubato.1 Unfortunately, he resigned shortly after the beginning of the season, but Robinson remained as the Mystics assistant coach for two years.
She says the transition to coach—even with a team she’d played with up through training camp—came easily to her. Robinson, 37, attributes much of her skills to Adubato.
The key word in seeing Candace Parker’s prognosis after a knee injury suffered Sunday was this: weeks.
Six of them. That’s what is projected as the recovery time for a torn lateral meniscus in her right knee. And while there’s frustration to see one of the WNBA’s marquee players out for a significant time again after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, there had to be collective sighs of relief, too, that the news wasn’t worse.
Congrats to Texas A&M, nominated for an ESPY.
Ditto to Maya Moore, only the Second To Repeat As Borderick Cup Winner
Nothing to cheer about: Two ECU basketball players arrested, charged with fraud
As in the previous discussion about race, coaches did not want to think that sexual orientation is an issue in recruiting, but it is at the very least a consideration, albeit one that depends on situation and context.
When ESPN HoopGurlz asked more than 20 college head and assistant coaches or recruiting coordinators whether a prospect’s sexual orientation should be a factor in her recruitment, all were adamant that it should not be. Yet, when the discussions progressed, it turned out that sexual orientation, in some situations, could have an impact.
“It does matter,” said the head coach referenced above. “I’m being honest.”
Another said, “It’s an unavoidable question.”