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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.

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but at least SOMEone is writing about the Liberty: Debbie Black: “New York Would Be Fun.”

Greetings everyone.

Now that some of you have been baited by the headline, the Guru will get to it in a minute since I am in talk-write-speak with you instead of the more predominately news-report-speak.

Although the Ron Rothstein item in the previous blog concerning the New York Liberty general manager/coaching vacancies seemed like a good guess and while no one called for hours after the post telling the Guru he was on the wrong street, the prime Guru source left a note at mid-day Friday saying that Rothstein was not in play.

Neither is former Liberty coach Richie Adubato.

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