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SPARKS ACQUIRE L.A. NATIVE NOELLE QUINN

Sparks Trade Spencer to New York Liberty for 2010 First-Round Pick; Send First-Round Pick and Masciadri to Minnesota Lynx for Quinn

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks today acquired former UCLA star and Los Angeles native Noelle Quinn. The Sparks traded Sidney Spencer to the Liberty in exchange for their 2010 First-Round draft pick and then sent the exclusive negotiating rights for Raffaella Masciadri and the Liberty’s First-Round pick to the Lynx.

“Noelle is a great player; we are very happy about her addition to the team and to be bringing her home,” said Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler. “We wish both Raffaella and Sidney the best. Their time here has been great and we believe that this is a mutually beneficial trade all the way around.”

Originally selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Lynx, Quinn averaged 3.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in only 16.7 minutes per game in 2008 with 25 starts in just her second season in the league.

Quinn finished her career as the No. 4 all-time scorer in UCLA women’s basketball history with 1,829 points. She also totaled 794 rebounds (No. 8 on the UCLA career charts) and 450 assists (No. 7 all-time) to become the only UCLA basketball player, man or woman, to record career numbers of 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. She earned honorable mention All-America honors in her last two seasons and first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim as a freshman, junior and senior, as well as 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.

“I am so blessed to be joining the Sparks family. My family has always had season tickets and I grew up watching them and then being able to play at UCLA, I always dreamed of having the opportunity to continue playing at home and now that it has come true, I’m overwhelmed,” said Quinn. “Thank you to everyone who helped bring me home. It’s such a privilege to share in Lisa’s last year, to have a chance to help this team win a title and to be here to give back to LA.”

Noelle’s mother, Golden Quinn, who currently teaches for the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been a Sparks season ticket holder since the WNBA’s inaugural season.

The Bishop Montgomery HS alum, known for her many community endeavors, has decided to become a “Patron of Lisa’s Legacy.” Quinn purchased three season tickets to send three kids to each Sparks home game. In total, 51 kids will benefit from Quinn’s sponsorship. To be eligible to win a ticket sponsored by Noelle Quinn, kids can nominate themselves, their friends or be nominated by their parents beginning on Wednesday, May 6th through Monday, June 1st. In 250 words or less, entrants must describe why they feel they deserve the tickets by sending an e-mail to contests@la-sparks.com with “Noelle’s Tickets” in the subject line. Each winner will receive a post-game meet-and-greet with Noelle.

For more information on Sparks season tickets, group tickets or partial plans please visit www.LASparks.com or call 1-877-44-SPARKS.

This sure makes things interesting for the Sparks. Bringin home some local flava.

Liberty gets Sidney Spencer for 2010 first-round pick

The Sparks just got a little less Tennessee. But what’s strange is that I just got this from the Liberty – not the Sparks – and I’m an LA season ticket holder:

Liberty Acquires Guard Sidney Spencer From Los Angeles In Exchange For 2010 1st Round Pick
New York, Los Angeles & Minnesota Complete Three-Team Trade

The New York Liberty has acquired guard Sidney Spencer from the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the Liberty’s first round pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, it was announced today by team president and general manager Carol Blazejowski. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Los Angeles has sent the first round pick and forward Raffaella Masciadri to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for guard Noelle Quinn.

Link: http://www.wnba.com/liberty/news/spencertrade090505.html?s12542c11270002o120894t12570n35043e

I’m happy for Sid. Her frustration at unecessarily languishing on the bench last season, after leading the team in 2007, was visible. Hopefully she’ll be utilized properly by NY. And the Sparks are back in it next year with a first-round pick. A win-win for all.

Pat Summitt honored with theater presentation

Quite an honor, really – a 2.5-hour presentation in the legendary coach’s honor:

Caldwell, who is now the head coach at UCLA, noted that Candace Parker wanted to attend but is due to have a baby girl any day now.

“A little Bruin … I mean a future Lady Vol,” Caldwell said.

There are several versions of this story floating around the web, but Maria Cornelius’ is the best because she always provides so much detail.

Lauren Jackson stays with Storm

Finally, she decides:

http://www.wnba.com/storm/news/jackson090504.html

And it’s the right choice, too. Congratulations to Seattle Storm fans.

Chantelle Anderson launches web site

Blog, gallery, Q and A, links – Atlanta Dream forward/center Anderson’s got it all covered:

http://www.chantelleanderson.com/

Mystics transaction wire

The good: former Sparks guard Kiesha Brown will be employed this summer after all, signing with the Mystics today.

The bad: Crystal Smith, who played for Washington last year, and Camille LeNoir, the dynamic USC point guard who won’t even get to attend camp, were waived today.

I hate this time of year for pro ball.

Link: http://www.wnba.com/transactions/WNBA_2009.html

Michael Cooper named USC head coach

It’s really true:

Los Angeles Sparks head coach and former Los Angeles Lakers great Michael Cooper has been named head coach of the USC women’s basketball team, effective at the completion of the Sparks’ 2009 season in late September/early October, USC athletic director Mike Garrett announced today (May 1).

Joining Cooper’s USC staff will be long-time collegiate and high school assistant Ervin Monier, who will oversee the Women of Troy program as associate head coach until Cooper’s arrival.

“We are absolutely thrilled to hire a coach of Michael Cooper’s caliber,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett. “This is an exciting time for Women of Troy basketball. Between Michael’s coaching experience and his playing background, he brings so much to the table. He has coached and played at the highest level and with the greatest players in the world. He’ll be an excellent in-game coach, he’ll do a great job preparing his teams and he’ll wow the recruits. And I’ll say this: we’ll be a strong team defensively.

Link: http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/050109aaa.html

Just out of sheer curiosity, I’ll have to attend a few more SC games next year. This will be interesting.

This site says Cooper will leave the Sparks after this season:

http://shesaballer.thefemalesportsnetwork.com/?p=364

Can’t wait to hear from Kathy and Carla.

Cal recognizes it’s gay and lesbian fans

Berkeley’s position on the map — both geographic and political — allowed Mosness to try a promotion that no college had yet to try. She decided that the 2007-08 season, her first on campus, would include a GLBT Pride Day. Mosness spread the word via the athletic department’s web site and fliers circulated among area gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups. On game day, a San Francisco-based organization of GLBT families set up a festival-like atmosphere outside Haas Pavilion, complete with face-painting, poster-making and games. As has been customary for years on Pac-10 Conference weekends in Berkeley, a GLBT squad of former collegiate cheerleaders joined Cal’s dance team during on-court performances. Once the game began, GLBT fans were formally acknowledged via scoreboard and public-address announcements. “I wouldn’t say it’s our biggest fan base, because our biggest fan base is families and kids,” Mosness says. “But it’s a huge population, and it’s a market here in the Bay Area.”

Link: http://athleticbusiness.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=2071&zoneid=28

Tennessee-related news

Pat Summitt can add “Girl Scout” to her long resume:

http://www.volunteertv.com/sports/headlines/43929747.html

Candace Parker is having a great pregnancy:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/04/sparks-candace-parker-feels-great-about-her-pregnancy.html

Follow Nikki Caldwell and Holly Warlick’s motorcycle ride for breast cancer awareness on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/Champs4ACause

Girl Scouts honor Warlick as a “woman of achievement”:

http://www.volunteertv.com/sports/headlines/43819612.html

Lauren Jackson: you’re a jerk

Probable one-hit wonders the New Boyz are likely to see that song be their current hit “You’re a Jerk.” Though it’s thin on lyrics it’s large on beat and hook, and I like the tune.

But this past week, when I hear it I think of Australian Lauren Jackson at some point during the chorus. That’s because the 6-foot-5 center continues to string fans along, even 19 days before WNBA camp begins, as to what team she’ll sign with.

Back in January Jackson, who has played all eight of her WNBA seasons with the Seattle Storm, announced that she was unsure whether or not she’d play for the league this summer. With the big money she’s been getting in Russia this winter, and the fact that her home country WNBL will move to a summer schedule in a few years, Jackson didn’t know if she was interested in American pro ball anymore.

In March, Jackson told an Australian radio station that she would indeed play in the WNBA this summer, and was looking at both the Storm and the Phoenix Mercury. There were people like myself, who are big on loyalty, who didn’t understand how she would even consider another team. There were others who said Jackson is entitled to make the right business decisions for herself (which is correct) and screw loyalty.

Regardless of how one feels about that old-fashioned sentiment loyalty, Jackson needs to get off her butt right now and pick a team. It’s not fair to fans of either the Storm or the Mercury to keep them wondering this close to the beginning of the season – especially Storm fans. She owes the big-hearted fans of that team some closure and a “thank you” if she leaves, at the very very least.

Yes, players are agents and yes, they shuffle from team to team. But that doesn’t stop fans from getting incredibly attached to their favorites. And Jackson has been the cornerstone of the Storm franchise for almost a decade.

She came to the team in 2001, barely 20, skinny and still slightly awkward. She hadn’t turned into Lauren Jackson yet. But Storm fans stuck with her, cheered her, lavished praise and adoration on her, and watched her grow up before their eyes. Time and time again after a game, Jackson would take the mic and thank “the best fans in the WNBA” for their screaming, which makes Key Arena in Seattle a dreaded place to play for any opponent. Point guard Sue Bird and Jackson are the faces of the Storm.

If this is no longer to be the case, Storm fans deserve more time to start taking it in and figuring out what their team’s identity will be now, after all this time. And Jackson owes them that instead of causing them anxiety because she’s choosing to play the star.

Lauren Jackson, you’re a big-time international player, but that doesn’t give you license to treat your fans like crap. Be a woman, step up and choose a team. Now.

Don’t be a jerk.

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