So, Ms. Parker and the Sparks made quick work of the Sky and moved on to the Finals for the first time since 2003. (Lib fans take a moment to cringe at the memory of Nikki Teasley’s three…) Now we have the matchup the GM’s didn’t predict, but the records did, and we hoped for.
From Mechelle: WNBA Finals primer: How do Lynx, Sparks match up?
The last time the Los Angeles Sparks were in the WNBA Finals, the Minnesota Lynx were a gritty underdog that tried to stop them. That was 2003, when the Sparks were two-time defending champions and the closest thing to WNBA villains.
They weren’t really all that villainous, but they had superstar Lisa Leslie, a tough defense, and a swagger that then-coach Michael Cooper loved.
The Lynx were in the playoffs for the first time under then-coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Katie Smith starred for Minnesota, and longtime USA Basketball great Teresa Edwards was playing in the first of her two WNBA seasons at age 39.
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The Minnesota Lynx drafted Maya Moore six years ago. The Minnesota Lynx have reached the WNBA Finals in five of the past six years. Those two occurrences are no coincidence.
Star Tribune: Lynx to rest before beginning last leg of title quest
Sue Bird joins LaChina for the ‘Around the Rim’ podcast: WNBA Finals preview
From the Minnesota Spokesman-Review: WNBA’s Cooper has coached many of the best
Renee Brown has been at the WNBA since its inception. Twenty years after joining the league, the WNBA’s chief of basketball operations and player relations is stepping down this month.
“It’s probably one of the most difficult decisions I made in my life,” Brown told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday. “I love the WNBA and was fortunate 20 years ago that Val [Ackerman], David [Stern], Russ [Granik] and Adam [Silver] allowed me to come in at the start of this league. Walking away, it’s sad but yet joyful at the same time.”
Thank you, Renee, for all you’ve done. And for always offering me a smile and a kind word when you saw me in the various stands we’ve inhabited over the years.
Injury bug is hitting early.
Nebraska: Forward Rachel Blackburn out for season
Video/Cardinals: UofL Women’s basketball ready to start season
What a ride back up to the top: WKU Tabbed C-USA Women’s Basketball Preseason Favorite
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