I would enjoy this lovely LA Sparks piece about how they’re still going to do fine without Lisa Leslie. But the caption under the top picture says “Candace Parker is tasked to carry on that role after the icon’s retirement.”
A more bland, but grammatically correct, Sparks preview is done by the league. Key paragraph for me:
For two straight seasons the Sparks were the preseason favorites to win it all. And, in two straight seasons, the Sparks have, well, not. During Parker’s rookie year in 2008, L.A. was favored to win but couldn’t pass San Antonio thanks in large part to Sophia Young’s buzzer beater in Game 2 of the Conference Finals. In 2009, Leslie’s final season, the Sparks once again fell in the Conference Finals, this time to the eventual champion Phoenix Mercury.
Answer? Have no expectations. Not only is that the secret to getting older and wiser, but it takes some pressure away. Superstitious people, which so many athletes are, can get behind that philosophy too.
The only official transactions today are that Tulsa released the injured Cheryl Ford, and the Sparks signed LA native Lisa Willis. Looks like they really are trying to get some home cooking here.
Hoopfeed, of course, has the rest of today’s transactions, which haven’t yet made it to wnba.com:
The Atlanta Dream waived Brigitte Ardossi and Erica White
The Seattle Storm waived Laura Kurz. Roster now stands at 14 players
Phoenix Mercury cut Nyeshia Stevenson and Ashley Paris. Roster at 13