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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:03 pm    ::: Tina Thompson retiring Reply Reply with quote

http://www.wnba.com/storm/news/tina130531.html

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Tina Thompsons legendary career in the WNBA will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2013 season, the forward announced Friday.


Crying or Very sad



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

4 championships, 17 consecutive seasons. Tina, you ARE the biggest WNBA legend there ever was and probably ever will be. I can't see any other player winning 4 championships and 17 consecutive seasons.

Glad she announced it now so she can have a big send off and final farewell tour.

Legend begins and ends with Tina Thompson!!



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

man, pilight. i thought by the thread title that tt was retiring 'now'. don't know that i'd blame her given the state of the storm this year.

i like the idea of the storm giving away tix to boys and girls club in wnba cities. classy.


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Really sad to hear that this year will her last especially because its a rebuilding year for the Storm and that she doesnt get a chance to play with Sue and LJ anymore and compete for a championship



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So this is the last player from 97.. Sad



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Michelle89 wrote:
Really sad to hear that this year will her last especially because its a rebuilding year for the Storm and that she doesnt get a chance to play with Sue and LJ anymore and compete for a championship


I know. She should've left the Storm and signed with a team that's capable of winning a championship this year. With Jones sitting out, I would've loved her in CT and that would've given her a solid chance of winning a 5th.



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I sense a trade coming up.


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There's more to a sport than winning a championship.

I don't think we should measure players by how many titles they win, and I don't think it's necessary for Tina Thompson to finish her career with a championship contender to somehow round everything out.

Sure, it's more fun to win than to lose, but it's more fun to play, and though I'm not saying Tina made this choice, for some people it would be more fun to start and play a big role on a team -- a role that allows you to do what you do best -- rather than be put in a role where you spend more of your last season watching than playing.

If Tina stays healthy and has a good season in Seattle, what's wrong with that? Why would it necessarily be better to be with a team that wins more games but only plays her 12 minutes a night?



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wow. Not completely surprising but sad nonetheless.

Growing up, whenever I heard WNBA I thought Tina Thompson and her lipstick lol


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

so, after all of these years Tina has passed over $1mil in WNBA earnings right?


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 4:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ChicagoAnnie wrote:
so, after all of these years Tina has passed over $1mil in WNBA earnings right?


I'm sure she has



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 5:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

An end of an era. Her last game should be a celebration for a wonderful career!


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 5:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
There's more to a sport than winning a championship.

I don't think we should measure players by how many titles they win, and I don't think it's necessary for Tina Thompson to finish her career with a championship contender to somehow round everything out.

Sure, it's more fun to win than to lose, but it's more fun to play, and though I'm not saying Tina made this choice, for some people it would be more fun to start and play a big role on a team -- a role that allows you to do what you do best -- rather than be put in a role where you spend more of your last season watching than playing.

If Tina stays healthy and has a good season in Seattle, what's wrong with that? Why would it necessarily be better to be with a team that wins more games but only plays her 12 minutes a night?


Because she said she wasn't sure she wanted to even be on this team before the season started and she has said over the last few years that all she wanted was another championship which is why she decided to play for LA and sign with Seattle last year. If she signed with CT I doubt she would only be playing 12 minutes a game. She'd be the starting power forward.



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 5:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

<embed><iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SjgLHt6FRBs?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></embed>


4x WNBA Champion


2x Olympic Gold Medalist


8x WNBA All-Star


2000 All-Star MVP


3x All-WNBA First Team


4x All-WNBA Second Team


WNBA's All-Time Leading Scorer (Over 7,000 pts.)


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 5:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Thanks for the compilation Genero. Great pix.


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 6:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Martini Man wrote:
ClayK wrote:
There's more to a sport than winning a championship.

I don't think we should measure players by how many titles they win, and I don't think it's necessary for Tina Thompson to finish her career with a championship contender to somehow round everything out.

Sure, it's more fun to win than to lose, but it's more fun to play, and though I'm not saying Tina made this choice, for some people it would be more fun to start and play a big role on a team -- a role that allows you to do what you do best -- rather than be put in a role where you spend more of your last season watching than playing.

If Tina stays healthy and has a good season in Seattle, what's wrong with that? Why would it necessarily be better to be with a team that wins more games but only plays her 12 minutes a night?


Because she said she wasn't sure she wanted to even be on this team before the season started and she has said over the last few years that all she wanted was another championship which is why she decided to play for LA and sign with Seattle last year. If she signed with CT I doubt she would only be playing 12 minutes a game. She'd be the starting power forward.


Well at least with the Storm she can add lots to her incredible point total as one of our primary offensive weapons (not sure how much this record matters to her), and I'm sure she's having a good influence on our younger players.



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 6:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

so, what's next for TT? She is very articulate. Knows the game in and out?
Coaching, perhaps? I think she would be great.


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 6:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Very sad day. But glad she's giving us her many fans the opportunity to relish her career this final go around.



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 6:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Thanks for the compilation Genero. Great pix.


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 6:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ChicagoAnnie wrote:
so, what's next for TT? She is very articulate. Knows the game in and out?
Coaching, perhaps? I think she would be great.


I wish she'd be an announcer/commentator. She'd put everyone else (except Lawson) to shame.


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 8:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

huskerwbbfan23 wrote:
Wow. Not completely surprising but sad nonetheless.

Growing up, whenever I heard WNBA I thought Tina Thompson and her lipstick lol


And her dagger 3s! Cool

She will be missed! She is a great player! Very Happy



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 8:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wish she was on a contending team to try for one more title Sad


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PostPosted: 05/31/13 9:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sad to hear she is retiring, it's been great watching her the last 16 years, especially in a Sparks uniform for 3 years. But I'll always remember her in a Comets uniform hitting those long rainbow threes then punching her hand in the air holding up 3 fingers.



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 9:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Had to come to an end eventually of course, but I'm kinda sad it turned out to be this year with the way things turned out for Seattle.

It's great for the fans that she has announced it this early though.



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PostPosted: 05/31/13 10:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

RP wrote:
I sense a trade coming up.


REALLY hope so. There is no reason for her to play out the season on the Storm other than for financial reasons. Storm just do her a favor and trade her to contender.

If they used their noodle, they would realize they are a year away from being a factor again.



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