First glimpse into Sparks training camp

Cooper maintained he didn’t have a set starting lineup, though he acknowledged the combination of Noelle Quinn, Betty Lennox, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie “is a very good lineup for us.” That unit often played together in Friday’s practice, but players at Wednesday’s media day said Cooper has fielded between five and seven different combinations.

And:

Cooper on Wisdom-Hylton: “Active rebounder, real good passer for a big, has that diversity that we like in our bigs in being able to play multiple positions. She showed she can move around to the 3. Five might be out of her realm, but against certain teams she may be able to play the 5 spot.”

Cooper on Paris: “Ashley is a better ball handler than expected. She’s another one that can move out and play multiple positions. I know in college she was mainly just a 4 most of the time. But here she’s probably going to have to put in a little work at the 3. So that’s always a good thing because again the more positions you can play, the more minutes you can spend out on the court.”

Link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/05/michael-cooper-on-sparks-training-camp-were-ahead-of-everybody-.html

I have some scoop myself from a reliable source: Lennox has been on fire in practices; Bobbitt’s hard work in the off-season is showing up in quick cuts and very good court vision; everyone has been doing a lot of communicating on the court during scrimmages; and Noelle Quinn is making an excellent case for a starting spot.

I can’t believe they’re going to have to cut three from this roster. Anyway you go, it will be painful.

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  1. hey, sass! thanks for the info on b-money. i’m so happy you’ll get to see her for an entire season and not just a game or two with her in the opponent uni.

    i have a strong feeling betty is going rip it up this season; she is such a winner and with the nucleus of veterans around her on the sparks, she is going to shine. i’m so happy to see her back on a contender.

    HAVE A GREAT LONG WEEKEND, MI AMIGA!

    scullyfu

  2. Thanks for the words, girl – that’s very sweet of you. I’m really excited to get to see Betty all season long; I didn’t think I’d ever get that opportunity again. To have her and Candace on the same team is truly a dream come true. It would be wonderful to see Betty get her second ring and Candace her first this year.

    After seeing Betty in action the other night and talking with her on media day, I think you’re right: she is poised to kick ass this year. She is lean and mean like a jaguar, and something’s changed with her – she’s so relaxed and confident now. It’s great to see it.

    Hope you’re having a really really dope weekend, chica. 😀

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