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PostPosted: 05/17/10 11:09 pm    ::: New Column--> This Week in the WNBA Reply Reply with quote

This Week in the WNBA: Week Zero
By Richard Cohen
May 17, 2010

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Here's the idea. The WNBA schedulers, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that Monday shall be a dark day throughout the 2010 WNBA calendar. Not a single game is slated to take place on any of the 14 Mondays encompassed by the regular season. So to fill this gaping hole in your WNBA lives, I'll be bringing you a weekly roundup of everything that's been going on in the league.


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PostPosted: 05/24/10 9:01 pm    ::: This Week in the WNBA: Week One Reply Reply with quote

This Week in the WNBA: Week One
By Richard Cohen
May 24, 2010

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The Claw is Out
Most weeks, the section of this column dedicated to transactions will be pretty small and tucked away towards the end. A lot of weeks, it'll probably say 'none' and leave it at that. Meaningful trades and pickups don't happen very often with only 12 teams and a limited collection of impact players. This week, however, saw a player waived on Wednesday, signed on Friday, and starting for her new team on Saturday, putting up a 19pt/3reb/5ast performance in 30 minutes that showed just what she's capable of. So goes a pretty typical week in the weird and wild career of one Chamique Holdsclaw.



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PostPosted: 05/25/10 7:15 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Phoenix goes to Tulsa on Tuesday night for an ESPN2 game that should be one of the faster-paced matchups in WNBA history. It might not be pretty, but it certainly ought to be a helter-skelter, non-stop game of basketball.



I am inclined to believe this after what peeps posting here have said about Tulsa's style of play. I think they will be a good opponent for the Phoenix Mercury. They like a little chaos!



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PostPosted: 05/25/10 9:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Phoenix goes to Tulsa on Tuesday night for an ESPN2 game that should be one of the faster-paced matchups in WNBA history. It might not be pretty, but it certainly ought to be a helter-skelter, non-stop game of basketball.



I am inclined to believe this after what peeps posting here have said about Tulsa's style of play. I think they will be a good opponent for the Phoenix Mercury. They like a little chaos!


Considering The Merc were total chaos against the Storm this game could turn out to be ugly as the day is long!

Good idea for the column!



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PostPosted: 05/31/10 3:14 am    ::: This Week in the WNBA: Week Two Reply Reply with quote

This Week in the WNBA: Week Two
By Richard Cohen
May 31, 2010

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In Over his Head or just Over-Zellous?

When it was announced that Nolan Richardson had been appointed head coach/GM/all-purpose Commander-in-Chief of the Tulsa Shock, eyebrows were raised in the women's basketball community. He might be a coaching legend in Oklahoma, but he'd never coached women, never coached pros and had his own '40 Minutes of Hell' system that wasn't going to change regardless of his personnel. Also, since leaving the University of Arkansas in 2002 amid a storm of racial controversy, the only coaching he'd done was with national teams in places like Mexico and Panama - not exactly well-known basketball hotbeds.



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PostPosted: 06/08/10 10:39 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This Week in the WNBA: Week Three has been up since yesterday, just in case anyone's interested:
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Big Markets, Big Problems

On June 21st 1997, the first WNBA game was contested by the New York Liberty and the Los Angeles Sparks. They had some of the shining lights of the women's game on their rosters and represented the two biggest cities - and biggest media markets - in America. Thirteen years on, both franchises are still around and new stars like Parker and Pondexter have emerged to replace the likes of Leslie, Lobo and Weatherspoon. But in the opening weeks of the 2010 season, the signs haven't been good for either inaugural franchise and with ten losses between them in only thirteen total games they need to sharpen up fast. Otherwise their fans are going to be left harking back to those earlier years, and praying for luck in the lottery.


Also this week featuring 'Brief is Beautiful: The Ten-Word WNBA' for anyone who doesn't feel like bothering to read entire articles Wink.


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PostPosted: 06/08/10 1:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I hated it that they kept Anne Donovan for starters. That was the same stupid thing LA did with Michael Cooper.
It's hard to dismiss winning coaches like Cooper and AD, I'll give you that, but I see the same pattern here. They are totally passive on the sidelines, they can't even muster up the energy to get a technical these days.
I swear that against DC Anne Donovan must've nodded off when Harding started going off on Mitchell. And she's clearly living off reputation as far as her post coaching is concerned. Tiff went from being a key reserve in 2008, and dare I say the main reason the Liberty couldn't keep with Detroit in the ECF, to being completely lost last year and this.
Coincidentally, ever since we lost Potter and brought on Donovan. Make of that what you will...



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PostPosted: 06/08/10 2:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah, it's not like it's impossible to be a good coach while remaining quiet and reserved on the sidelines - Phil Jackson doesn't rant and rave much, for example - but when the team sucks it just looks kinda lame. She's so stoic and unmoved over there, it'd just be nice to see more signs of life. Especially when the team is playing like it's half-asleep as well. Shout and scream and pick up an occasinoal technical, even if it's just for the fans more than the team. Show everybody that you're actually awake and make us think you vaguely give a shit.

Or carry on being quiet and stoic but get the team playing significantly better. That'd work too.


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PostPosted: 06/08/10 2:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's interesting to read about the comparisons between New York, and the final AD days in Seattle. The Storm organization was prepared to keep Anne, but she stepped down for her own reasons, and I really can't begrudge her that. Some of the passion seemed to be gone. Part of me blames our heartbreaking losses in the 2005 play-offs. We were never really the same after that, though the players today have nothing but glowing things to say about AD.

Whether or not she's a good post coach, she doesn't necessarily know what to do with a guard, so I was a touch worried when she and Cappie came together. I want New York to do well! Hopefully they'll adjust... Confused



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PostPosted: 06/21/10 9:19 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This Week in the WNBA: Week Five is up, should anyone fancy some reading on a typical WNBA-free Monday:
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Parker Parked, Sparks Spinning

Remember last week when I mentioned Candace Parker's recurring shoulder injury but said "don't be surprised to see her back out for their next game on Friday?" Well that idea was scuppered late on Thursday night when Los Angeles Sparks GM Penny Toler put out a brief press release entitled 'Sparks Forward Candace Parker to Miss Remainder of 2010 Season.' As it turns out, Parker's shoulder dislocation last week has finally led to the decision to have surgery that she's probably needed for several years now. Exactly how long she'll be out is currently unknown, but she's also likely out of the 2010 World Championships in the Czech Republic in late September. Team USA will miss her, as will the WNBA as a whole, but both of those organisations have players who can step up to fill the hole. The Sparks, on the other hand, are going to have to find a way to compete without their superstar, and it's not going to be easy.


Also to be found in this week's installment, Seventeen Syllables of Concision: The WNBA in Haiku:
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Storm blowing through the
West. Execution, teamwork
and Jackson destroys.

and others...


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PostPosted: 06/21/10 9:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads-up. That column is usually a good read, and yet I always forget to check it unless someone posts a reminder.

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other for the last Wink



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PostPosted: 06/21/10 2:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I like the Haikus!



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PostPosted: 06/21/10 3:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Luuuc wrote:
The floor has two ends.
One for the first half and the
other for the last Wink

Hee. Perhaps a truer representation of the Mercury ethic than the one in the article, but even last year they played more defence than they're managing so far this season. The Merc's opposition points per possession even dropped below LA's after yesterday.


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