it’s hard to ignore what’s going on with Los Angeles… ’cause everyone wants to know, “What is going on with Los Angeles.” A loss right after the Olympic break prompted coach Agler to suggest the Sparks spent too much time reveling in their press clippings. A week ago, Mechelle said it was Time for the Sparks to prove they’re a contender. Can I just add, LA really, really needs to get their head outta that ink, ’cause the Sparks slump continues with 86-81 loss to Dream
Umm… yup, the Storm is surging: Seattle Storm earn gritty win over the Washington Mystics
What a game. And what an impressive road trip for the Seattle Storm. Seattle has been battling for a playoff position all season long. And this four game road trip was going to be a huge test for them. A real make-or-break road trip for the young team, hungry to get back to prominence.
Keeping it interesting: Fever overcome miscues, beat rival Chicago (while Sky’s Elena Delle Donne to miss game vs. Fever with thumb injury)
When the Indiana Fever extend their WNBA record to 12 successive playoff appearances — and they could do so Sunday — they will employ a lineup seldom seen in modern basketball: two point guards on the court at once.
If you remember when guards were guards — not shooters or playmakers, but both — then you are an old-timer. But when you grow up in Indiana and learn the nuances of the sport as a young coach like 39-year-old Stephanie White did, you know such a backcourt can work splendidly.
Giving the Washington Post a pass on the headline: Washington Mystics gain a valuable Aussie import for WNBA playoff push
For the first two weeks of the WNBA’s Olympic break, Washington Mystics Coach Mike Thibault gave his players time off so they could emerge refreshed for a playoff push.
Thibault, who’s also the club’s general manager, didn’t afford himself the same luxury, spending part of the one-month hiatus trying to recruit Leilani Mitchell for the stretch run. His sales pitch included playing time in a system suited to her preference for an accelerated pace.
But if these two teams, which are 4½-hours’ drive apart, were ever to be competitive at the same time, that could be a lot of fun, right?
Admittedly, that scenario seems distant now. But consider this: If someone had told you in 2009 that Minnesota was just two years away from being a franchise that would go on a stretch of winning three of five WNBA titles (and counting), would you have believed it?
Dishin & Swishin Podcast: Curt Miller has the Sun shining in Connecticut
A South Bend Adams freshman is making a slam dunk of a name for herself in the WNBA, all thanks to a special pair of shoes.
Anna Fuller is one of 12 winners in a contest to design a pair of shoes for Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings.
Catchings is wearing a different winner’s design on each stop of her 12-city legacy tour.
Congrats: “Dreams Do Come True”: Swoopes Blazes Trail to Springfield and Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes: A True Pioneer and HER AIRNESS, SHERYL SWOOPES, ATTAINS HALL OF FAME STATUS – Swoop, there it is! Hall of Fame induction cements Swoopes and her legendary career
If you believe Monica Wright was the woman who got two generations of women into basketball, you were late to the party. The main character in the black romance flick Love & Basketball was a tomboy invested in her hoops. So good, she forced a boy to push her to the blacktop rather than give up the game-winning bucket in front of his friends. So good, she went to star at the University of Southern California, overseas and then in the newly formed Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Wright might have been some women’s indoctrination into the sport, but the rest of us ballers and shot callers were already three years deep into watching the real-deal basketball legend Sheryl Swoopes.
So you think you know your WNBA history? Twenty questions from 20 years of WNBA history
As a freshman, Rennia Davis played basketball with the physicality of a butterfly. The only contact she wanted was a high-five from a teammate. Stay away from the post, she thought. The backcourt, that was the place to spread her wings.
But Kimberly Davis Powell, coach of her Florida Essence AAU team, wasn’t about to let that fly. She wanted to toughen Davis up, inside and out, so she could become a versatile talent.
“I was almost defiant,” Davis said of giving the post a shot. “I would just stand there. I didn’t want to touch the ball down there. I was tall, but I didn’t have that much weight on me (130 pounds at the time). If a point guard was looking to throw the ball to me in the post, I was like, ‘No. Go the other way. Reverse the ball. Do something else. I don’t want it.’ “
The playing surface is green with white lines and a brick-red key. The stanchions have “Slam Jam” pads on them. The net under one double rim is red, white and blue, the other is white. Co-ed softball teams play a spirited game at an adjacent field. At the far end of the park, police investigate a fatal shooting from last night.
Rochelle’s husband, Joe, 60, works the broom near center court. Ten years ago he retired from the computer department of a phone company. Some of his former co-workers wonder why he walked away from a lucrative career to spend time coaching girls, some of them as young as kindergarten. If they could see him now, pushing water off of a basketball court on a Sunday morning in Harlem for a game whose spectators will number in the dozens … He smiles and gets back to work.
He has suffered two strokes but still finds great joy in teaching girls about life and layups. “I didn’t want my whole life to be working at the phone company. That would be my funeral: ‘He was a good guy. He worked for the phone company for 30 years,'” Joe says. “I like this ending.”