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Friday, November 20th, 2009
7:21 pm
Maloofs suddenly fold the Monarchs

Monarchs halt operations unexpectedly

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sacramento Monarchs folded on Friday, a shocking and disappointing development for the WNBA and one of its original eight franchises.
The decision was largely based on the Maloof family's desire to focus all its energy and efforts on the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Maloof Sports & Entertainment had owned both teams.
Now, the WNBA is left scurrying to try to find a new owner for the organization and a suitable market: with the most logical place being the Bay Area, perhaps in Oakland or San Jose.
League president Donna Orender said in a statement Friday that the league is in discussions with potential investors to relocate the Monarchs to the San Francisco area in time for next season.

The Monarchs franchise was one of the league's original eight teams and it won the WNBA championship in 2005 and the Western Conference title the following season.


Thursday, April 9th, 2009
5:58 pm
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
10:11 pm
Lisa Leslie announces retirement

Sparks' Lisa Leslie cites balancing act in decision to retire

The WNBA icon who has a toddler daughter told teammates last year that this season would be her last. She says she won't come back in a year or two and ruled out coaching for now.

This didn't jump up and confront Lisa Leslie on Monday. Or some run-of-the-mill moment on a Monday in December.

The hard truth came last year.

Leslie, a pioneer and cornerstone of the WNBA, realized that the end of her storied basketball career was in sight and told her Sparks' teammates that this would be her final season.

On Wednesday, Leslie went public with that information and paid tribute to all those who had guided her on a long-and-winding journey, all the way from Inglewood Morningside High to a three-time league MVP to a four-time Olympic gold medalist.

Story here

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
4:42 pm
Comets dispersal draft results
Player selected Position Height Years College
1. Atlanta Sancho Lyttle F/C 6'4" 4 Houston
2. Washington Matee Ajavon G 5'8" 1 Rutgers
3. Chicago Mistie Williams F 6'3" 3 Duke
4. Minnesota Roneeka Hodges G 5'11" 4 Florida State
5. Phoenix Sequoia Holmes G 6'1" 1 UNLV
6. Indiana Erica White G 5'3" 1 LSU
7. Sacramento Renae Camino G 5'9" R Australia
8. New York PASS        
9. Los Angeles PASS        
10. Connecticut PASS        
11. Detroit PASS        
12. Seattle PASS        
13. San Antonio PASS        

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
7:36 pm
The Houston Comets are disbanding
Comets disbanding due to lack of new ownership

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Comets, a franchise that won the first four WNBA championships, is disbanding.

The league-owned team will be shut down because new owners couldn't be found.

"You have to build on strength," WNBA president Donna Orender told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "My outlook is to build on the fact that the league has great momentum and in Houston we didn't have the enough runway to get a deal done in time for the 2009 season. So right now we have to move on."

The WNBA will officially announce the move on Tuesday, which will result in the loss of 37 jobs.

Houston television station KRIV was the first to report that the team was disbanding.

Orender said a dispersal draft for Houston players will be Dec. 8. Orender did not rule out a WNBA team returning to Houston.

"You can't ignore the fact this team was the engine that drove the league," Orender said. "We appreciate the fan base. With the affection the fans in the city have for the team, maybe one day the corporate and city leaders will aggregate their resources and resurrect a formidable franchise."

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, the original owner of the Comets, sold the team to Houston businessman Hilton Koch last year. The WNBA took over the franchise earlier this year.

The Comets won the first four WNBA titles from 1997-2000.

Orender said there is no indication that any of the league's other 13 franchises are in any trouble.

"Talent has been absolutely blooming," Orender said, referring to players like Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles and Candice Wiggins. "There are new cities in the pipeline and prospects for continued growth are bright. The league is stronger than ever."


Sunday, October 5th, 2008
9:44 pm
Monday, August 11th, 2008
10:36 pm
Olympic hoops
For anyone interested in watching Olympic basketball live online, go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/index.html for live online video.

The basketball results and schedule can be found here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/basketball/resultsandschedules/index.html

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
11:36 pm
Coming on to the court for the Shock, Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman!
From Yahoo!: HOUSTON (AP)—Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman showed she still had one nifty pass left in her.

The 50-year-old Lieberman had two assists, including a no-look pass in the closing minutes of the Detroit Shock’s 79-61 loss to the Houston Comets on Thursday night.

Lieberman made a one-time only appearance in the Shock’s first game since Tuesday night’s bench-clearing melee with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Five Shock players were suspended and Cheryl Ford sustained a season-ending injury, prompting coach Bill Laimbeer to offer Lieberman a seven-day contract.

Lieberman played nine minutes, seven in the fourth quarter, when the game’s outcome was decided. The Shock players tried to get her in a position to score every time down the floor at the end, but Lieberman could only get off one shot.
I saw some highlights, and Nancy did alright from someone who hadn't played professionally in 11 years. And, Nancy surpassed her own record as the oldest player to appear in a WNBA game, originally set in 1997 when she played for the Phoenix Mercury when she was 39. Way to go, Nancy!
2:51 pm
§ Shock forward Plenette Pierson has been suspended for four games for her actions that initiated and escalated the altercation.

§ Shock assistant coach Rick Mahorn has been suspended for two games for escalating the altercation.

§ Shock center Kara Braxton has been suspended for one game for leaving the area of the bench during an on-court altercation.

§ Shock forward Tasha Humphrey has been suspended for one game for leaving the area of the bench during an on-court altercation.

§ Shock guard Elaine Powell has been suspended for one game for leaving the area of the bench during an on-court altercation.

§ Shock forward Sheri Sam has been suspended for one game for leaving the area of the bench during an on-court altercation.

§ Sparks guard Shannon Bobbitt has been suspended for two games for leaving the area of the bench and becoming physically involved in an on-court altercation.

§ Sparks guard Murriel Page has been suspended for two games for leaving the area of the bench and becoming physically involved in an on-court altercation.

§ Sparks center Lisa Leslie has been suspended for one game for throwing a punch.

§ Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones has been suspended for one game for throwing a punch.

§ Sparks forward Candace Parker has been suspended for one game for throwing a punch.

As is league policy, in order to enable the Shock and Sparks to dress the minimum number of players (eight) for games affected by the penalties, the dates on which players will begin serving their suspensions will be staggered and follow alphabetical order.

* Pierson and Mahorn will begin serving their respective suspensions with tonight's game at Houston. Braxton and Humphrey will serve their suspensions tonight as well.

*Sam will serve her suspension on July 27, when the Shock hosts San Antonio.

*Powell is injured and will serve her suspension at a later date after being medically cleared to play.

*Bobbitt will begin serving her suspension with tonight's game at Connecticut. Leslie, Milton-Jones and Parker will serve their suspensions tonight as well.

*Page will begin serving her suspension on July 25 when the Sparks visit New York.

I'm stunned that Parker only got one game; I realize she's the league's golden girl, but she was one of the main participants. And why is Tweety not on the list? She tackled Parker, and looked like she was going after Bobbitt after she hit Mahorn (bounced off him is more like it, heh).

Current Mood: dissatisfied
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
1:07 am
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
11:55 am
Nice Dunk.
Can't wait to see the Sparks play the Shock. Should be a sweet game.
Friday, June 20th, 2008
11:02 pm
Awesome game tonight. Go Tweety. Set Shock record for points. Awesome. I was going to go home crabby. But then Tweety saved the day.
ah... So good. Too bad Ref 55 is blind as a bat. I think he gets his glasses next week.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
11:30 pm
Minnesota Lynx!! ♥

It's a little small, but the Lynx...my beloved Lynx...are 5-0!! Three of the games have been won on the road!

I've gotten so much crap over the last decade for supporting this team...this start makes me so happy!! I seriously hope this continues.

I love this team. So much. ♥

Current Mood: indescribable
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
4:39 pm
Friday, February 22nd, 2008
12:14 pm
Woo-hoo! Candace Parker to enter the WNBA draft

Tennessee's Parker to Skip Senior Year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Candace Parker, the Tennessee All-America forward who made dunking in women's basketball almost commonplace, ended all the speculation.

Parker, the first woman to win a national slam dunk contest, will skip her final season at Tennessee for the chance to play professionally.

"This was the most difficult decision I've ever had to make, but my family and I think this is the best choice for me," Parker said Wednesday.

"I've been blessed with great coaches and teammates, an outstanding education and the best women's basketball crowd support in the country. I will miss Tennessee, but I am eager to take this next step in my career."

More here

And if you haven't heard of Britney Griner, here are some highlights. Damn, I really hope she goes pro.

x-posted to wnba

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
9:05 am
Atlanta Dream Expansion Draft results
Atlanta Dream Build Inaugural Roster
With 13 Picks In 2008 Expansion Draft

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2008 — The Atlanta Dream began the process of building its inaugural roster by choosing 13 players in the 2008 Expansion Draft and completing several trades, the WNBA announced today.

"We have been very selective with our list and were able to obtain some great size, athleticism, character and depth through today's expansion draft," said Atlanta Head Coach and General Manager Marynell Meadors. "Each player understands the opportunity to get our Atlanta Dream franchise started in a positive direction and we are all looking forward to our inaugural season."

The list of players selected includes: Carla Thomas (Chicago Sky), Erika DeSouza (Connecticut Sun), Katie Feenstra (Detroit Shock), Roneeka Hodges (Houston Comets), Ann Strother (Indiana Fever), LaToya Thomas (Los Angeles Sparks), Kristen Mann (Minnesota Lynx), Ann Wauters (New York Liberty), Jennifer Lacy (Phoenix Mercury), Kristin Haynie (Sacramento Monarchs), Chantelle Anderson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Betty Lennox (Seattle Storm) and Yelena Leuchanka (Washington Mystics).

Additionally, Atlanta immediately orchestrated three trades involving players in the expansion draft. The Dream traded the fourth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft and guard Roneeka Hodges to Seattle in exchange for the eighth pick in the draft and veteran guard Iziane Castro Marques. They also traded the 18th draft pick and forward LaToya Thomas to Detroit in exchange for second-year guard Ivory Latta. In the third trade, the Dream acquired the 24th overall draft pick from Indiana, in exchange for agreeing not to select specific unprotected Fever players.

x-posted to wnba
Monday, January 28th, 2008
9:49 am
WNBA 'DREAM' Realized In Atlanta
Atlanta’s WNBA Team Named Atlanta Dream

Atlanta’s new WNBA team officially arrived today as Team Owner Ron Terwilliger and the franchise unveiled the Atlanta Dream team name, logo and colors in front of a large crowd at the East Lake YMCA. WNBA President Donna Orender and Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders were joined by hundreds of supporters at the special community event.

“Today’s is another milestone toward our Inaugural 2008 Season in May,” said Terwilliger. “Atlanta is a city of dreamers and this week we have had time to reflect on what it means to dream and what can happen when you do. Little girls, like little boys, imagine playing in front of cheering crowds and achieving success in professional sports leagues. We believe Dream best captures Atlanta’s spirit and the core values of the WNBA. We look forward to the Atlanta Dream continuing to make history as we work toward our goal of transcending sports.”

The Atlanta Dream’s color scheme is red and sky blue. In the logo, Atlanta is spelled out in red capital letters above Dream which is penned in sky blue capital letters and shadowed with a red and white. Three light blue stars surround the A of Dream with one star in the middle and a basketball propelled out of the star.

“The support in Atlanta has been tremendous and we look forward to seeing the Dream grow and prosper throughout the Inaugural 2008 Season and beyond.” said WNBA President Donna Orender.

The Atlanta WNBA team will begin play in 2008 at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The team will tip-off in its first regular season home game on Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. against defending Eastern Conference Champions the Detroit Shock.

x-posted to wnba
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
9:53 am
WNBA expands to Atlanta + WNBA draft lottery results
Atlanta's WNBA franchise ready to get ball rolling

With no name, no coaches, no players and no shortage of skeptics, Atlanta's newest professional sports franchise declared itself open for business Wednesday.

The city's expansion team in the WNBA — the women's pro basketball league — was officially announced at a Centennial Olympic Park news conference, where team owner Ron Terwilliger called the day "one of the best of my life."

The real-estate executive said work begins immediately on getting ready to play ball next spring. The team's early priorities, he said, include hiring a head coach, selling corporate sponsorships, setting ticket prices and moving into offices in a downtown building he owns.

As for when his team will actually have some players, that is up in the air.


The results of the 2008 WNBA Draft Lottery

1. Los Angeles
2. Chicago Sky
3. Minnesota Lynx
4. Atlanta
5. Houston Comets
6. Washington Mystics
7. New York
8. Seattle
9. Connecticut
10. Sacramento
11. Detroit
12. Indiana
13. Phoenix
14. New York

x-posted to wnba
Friday, August 31st, 2007
11:13 am
let me tell you a story about a woman named ruth riley...
after the unfair game last night, we went to the autograph session at the the mercado at section 107

ruth riley and helen darling came out to give autographs.

most of y'all know ruth is my favorite player, i mean, look at my default.

so, we waited till the crowd was gone to go behind the belt to take a picture of her

as always she looks at us for a picture, and it was amazing.

we were going to leave, so we went behind the belt and my sisters friend was trying to tell my nephew to tell ruth ,"good luck o saturday and sunday" (the next games, sunday if necessary, becky will make it necessary)

so after a while, she was open, and he called her, she looked at him, and he was surprised, so he told her good luck on saturday, and i think she heard, then she saw me with the camera and me wearing her jersey that i recently bought with a little extra financial aid money.

so she was basically smiling at me for the picture. and i took it. then, we were going to leave but the line was already gone, so we figured we'd stay after the session for another picture. i was going to ask for an autograph, but i didnt have a marker.

when it was over, she had some guests of hers meet her, so she stayed a bit. then as she was talking to her guests, some guy just interrupted her, and she gave him an autograph, so i waited till she was open and asked her for an autograph.

she was like sure, then my sisters friend took a picture of her signing it.

then she was all, "you wanna turn around?", like already knowing i wanted a picture.

so yeah, i took another picture, a more sane one. and yeah, wow.

i mean katie feenstra knew i was a big fan of hers and she was like meh.

this year we traded her for ruth, and damn, i fell in love, and kinda forgot about katie (you can find me and her under my pics).

so ruth knows that im one of her biggest fans, and shes cool about it, she was really nice to me knowing that i sexually harassed and stalked her in san marcos. :P

so yeah, just though i let you know. oh yeah, and like 14,000 + people at the at&t center. wow, a record, they even opened the section 200. hopefully we get to next round and we can sell it out for the finals. i have faith. after that bullshit win, becky will make it her priority to take us there. her and sophia, shanna, vickie, helen, and of course, ruth, if she could stay out of foul trouble.


Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, July 16th, 2007
12:22 am
All Star Game
Holy crap, an actual game! That's a first, I think. I enjoyed it very much.
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