The W launches: Sparks v. Storm.
The team GMs venture their opinion of the season.
If you’re watching via Live Access, good luck. I sure hope this anonymous rep doesn’t end up eating their words: The WNBA has angered fans in the past because of glitches on the site. I was told by a few officials that those were fixed, one even stating that problems can be worked on while not going live and will be ironed out.
From Mel: Guru’s WNBA Report: Season Opens With Familiar Faces In Brand New Places
From Lady Swish: Liberty’s Warley makes WNBA roster in Phoenix
Hoopfeed has is Previewing the 2012 WNBA season: The Western Conference and the The Eastern Conference.
There’s also the Dishin & Swishin podcast: http://www.hoopfeed.com/content/2012/05/17/dishin-swishin-51712-podcast-a-roundtable-preview-of-the-2012-wnba-season/
Richard, L’Alien, has been busy:
2012 In-Depth Season Preview: Washington Mystics
You know what’s strange – I actually see the logic here. It’s easy to rag on the Mystics and head coach/general manager Trudi Lacey. This team was a disaster last year. They failed to retain the coach and general manger that produced their best ever season in 2010, and everything went downhill from there. Constant comments about injuries and blatant nonsense about how young the squad was did them no favours with their remaining fans, and when the season finally ended after just six wins all year, it was a blessed relief. But Lacey’s moves in the offseason made sense.
2012 In-Depth WNBA Season Preview: New York Liberty
You’ve gotta love Liberty fans. A bizarre draft pick (in a draft everyone said was horrible), and a couple of poor performances in preseason (for a coach whose system is notoriously hard to adapt to) and the sky is falling.
2012 In-Depth WNBA Season Preview: Indiana Fever
Yes, as you can see from the squad listing above, I’ve bowed to popular opinion and indications from the Fever themselves and moved Tamika Catchings to the 4. I hate it, and we’ll examine why below, but it does at least add an interesting wrinkle to the outlook for this Fever squad.
2012 In-Depth WNBA Season Preview: Connecticut Sun
Should I just refer you to everything I wrote about them last year? Head coach Mike Thibault apparently spent the offseason sitting on his couch knocking back a few cold ones, because as far as he’s concerned, this team is already good enough.
2012 In-Depth WNBA Season Preview: Chicago Sky
Big changes in Chicago, as head coach/GM Pokey Chatman proved that you can get a lot done in the offseason even when you’re in Russia coaching a different team at the time. In her first year in charge last season, the Sky were ultimately just as mediocre as they’ve been for their previous four season, and missed the playoffs yet again. The endless turnovers and poorly chosen shots drove Chatman nuts, so she’s kept her young backcourt and a couple of backups – along with, of course, superstar center Sylvia Fowles – and brought in a swathe of veterans with winning pedigrees to build around them.
2012 In-Depth WNBA Season Preview: Atlanta Dream
Significant losses: de Souza (Brazilian National Team for first half of the season), Lyttle (unconfirmed absence midseason to join Spanish National Team), Iziane Castro Marques (currently with Brazilian National Team, remains WNBA unrestricted free agent), Shalee Lehning (injured and retired from WNBA), Alison Bales (retired from WNBA), assistant coach Carol Ross (left to take head coach position in Los Angeles)
Well just reading that list above doesn’t paint a pretty picture, does it?
On the subject of the W, a couple of WATNs:
UMMC Put Lange, Brondello In Charge. Lucky them: ’cause they’ll have Diana and you won’t.
Speaking of Diane: ‘ware the prankster!
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