Posts Tagged ‘Nolan Richardson’


Not much, it would appear.

From Queenie’s report on the Lib pre-season shellacking by the Sky.

Overall, I am exceedingly disappointed in the Liberty’s performance against a Sky team missing both Fowles and Cash. Either get it together or fail in such epic fashion that Jim Lewis and Nolan Richardson can only shake their heads in awe.

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Yah, we know

WNBA’s Shock reach halfway mark with just 1 win

Interim coach Teresa Edwards has found a way to cope with a season that’s spiraling toward the worst in WNBA history for the Tulsa Shock.

Halfway through their season, the Shock have won only one game in 17 tries and they’re 0-6 since she took over following Nolan Richardson’s resignation.

“I just try not to count that record out loud to myself, first of all,” said Edwards, a four-time Olympic gold medalist.

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*All Sing* At Laaaaaast…..

Nolan Richardson resigns

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of the move to Newark: Two Liberty players in minor accident

Liberty assistant coaches Monique Ambers and Lady Grooms were also involved in a separate traffic accident en route to the Newark arena.

“I’m concerned,” head coach John Whisenant said. “I think we’ve got the greatest organization in the world behind us. So I think if there’s a solution to it, we’ll find it. We obviously didn’t do it properly today, but I think there’s got to be a bus or a van as a group that we can (take to) get here alright.”

The Liberty are slated to play three seasons at the Prudential Center while Madison Square Garden undergoes a series of renovations. Their training facility is in White Plains, N.Y., which makes for a very long commute.

Accidents not withstanding, the Lib continued their 0-for streak at home, losing the rematch with the Dream+Angel.

Speaking of 0-for (yes, the Shock lost again. And congrats, Katie.) I don’t know if there’s a “FireNolan.com” yet, but you’ve got to wonder if it’s imminent. From Mechelle (what a perfect photo on the espn front page, no?): Future bleak for Tulsa Shock

This quote from Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson, given to the Tulsa World’s Kelly Hines last week, cracked me up with its repetitive inanity — while at the same time made me feel sorry for everybody involved with the Shock, including Richardson.

“I think it’s important that someone steps up,” he said. “Not only someone steps up, but some of the other players that we were counting on not as much have an opportunity to step up. So you’ve got your bench having to step up and players on the floor stepping up.”

OK, so I’m going to step up here and say it’s not just that the Shock aren’t a good team. They appear to have no hope of being a good team. They have little hope of even being a mediocre team.

Speaking of Mechelle, did you notice she moved her personal blog? It’s here now. Visit, and you can read “Why Ford, Nolan, and McCarville” are taking the summer off. Oh, and this piece: Sometimes, we find we’re closer than we think, is sneak-up-on-you-moving.

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Bret Bloomquist: Ex-UTEP women’s star finds success

Portraying the two years former UTEP women’s basketball star Natasha Lacy spent in Europe as a kind of exile was an easy assumption to make when she finally broke into the WNBA this year.

After a spectacular start in her first few games for Nolan Richardson’s Tulsa Shock, she and her team cooled off a bit. But by the end of the WNBA season, Lacy had cemented herself as a valuable bench player for a building team.

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and Milton Kent: Nolan Richardson Completes One Season of Hell in WNBA

Time and circumstance have changed the meaning of “40 minutes of hell” for Nolan Richardson.

When the concept originated over 20 years ago when he was the biggest name in Arkansas — save for a certain future president — Richardson could sit back and watch his Razorbacks harass opponents seemingly from the time their bus arrived in Fayetteville to the time they boarded to slink home, usually with a loss.

For the past three months, however, the idea of 40 minutes of hell was the nightmare Richardson lived over and over again — 28 losses in 34 games to be precise — as head coach and general manager of the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA.

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Interesting angle

from the NY Post’s Brett Cyrgalis: Disgraced Olympian, college coach seek ‘redemption’ in WNBA

The road to redemption went through Madison Square Garden last night, and on it were two people who were a lot more successful when they weren’t so agreeable.

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Katie Carrera writes: Nolan Richardson’s foray into the WNBA has been a Shock to some

Days after he traded away nearly every player with ties to the storied Detroit franchise that relocated to Tulsa for the 2010 season, Nolan Richardson reaffirmed his commitment to building a winning WNBA team out of an abysmal first year.

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Staying the course with the Shock

We can’t say absolutely for sure what the Tulsa Shock’s first season could have been like if key components had stayed on board for the move to Oklahoma. If Katie Smith were here instead of Washington. If Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford also were playing here, instead of sitting out the WNBA season.

If they’d all been on the Shock roster, would Plenette Pierson have found coach Nolan Richardson’s system more palatable, and not been so miserable that she was traded to New York? Would Shavonte Zellous somehow not have been dealt for a 2011 draft pick?

If all of those players were competing for Tulsa, I do feel pretty confident saying the Shock likely would not have any four-point quarters, as they did Saturday in the second period against the Mystics in a 69-54 loss.

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Harumph. Did they not get the memo?

Well, looks like the Shock ran out of gas. Again. And Washington emerges victorious, 69-54.

Said Crossley, “We’re still working on putting together a 40-minute game. We’re successful on defense and our offense struggles. If we’re successful offensively, our defense struggles. It’s kind of either/or instead of both together at the same time. That’s a lot of pressure to put on your defense. We hold them to 30 points at the half, and that’s good. But when you are only scoring 19, that’s difficult and it puts added pressure on you. We just have to find a way to put it together.”

And yes, I’m sure those losses are wearing to the Shock. But former Mystics and their fans know all about that….

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From the AP’s Jeff Latzke: Growing pains for Jones, Richardson in WNBA

The wins are rare and the playing time scarce. The living quarters are cramped, and there’s no daily routine.Life in the WNBA has certainly been no fairy tale for Marion Jones.

The one-time fastest woman in the world finds herself at the end of the bench for a last-place team, spending more time cheering for her Tulsa Shock teammates than showing what she can do after more than a decade away from basketball.

Yet through it all, the WNBA’s oldest rookie is bubbling with enthusiasm.

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and Clay Kallam: Peeking Over the Women’s Basketball Horizon; USA Basketball, WNBA Playoffs and Gonzaga on the come up

Yes, it’s pretty safe to say that Tulsa and L.A. are lottery bound, though the latest in a series of Minnesota injuries (Candice Wiggins this time) may cause the Lynx to sink to fifth.

That seems unlikely, though, as Nolan Richardson, as expected, is clueless in Oklahoma, and Jennifer Gillom, as some feared, can’t seem to get the Sparks all pointed in the same direction.

In the East, Anne Donovan, as expected, has done little to inspire New York fans who have been turned off by years of mismanagement by James Dolan and Carol Blazejowski – so the Liberty will need a late-season hot streak to get in to postseason. Steve Key, also a target for disgruntled fans, hasn’t done much with the Sky, though the absence of Shameka Christon hasn’t helped. Like New York, Chicago will need to catch a fire to avoid a place in the Maya Moore sweepstakes.

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