Boy, what a – oh wait, I already called Lauren Jackson that, and I upset an Australian.
No matter, as it seems that many on that message board think this will actually help Minnesota. I hope so. Their time is long overdue.
The week leading up to the first WNBA regular season games is never fun, because this is when the cuts that really hurt start going down.
Kiesha Brown was waived by the Mystics today, making her the second Spark from last year (after Murriel Page) to find themselves out of work this summer. San Antonio waived Candyce Bingham, which bummed me out, as I was so hoping she’d make it. Ketia Swanier and Ashley Hayes were also let go by the Sun.
With the slim 11-player rosters this year, there will be more carnage to come, unfortunately.
The Phoenix Mercury is the first WNBA team to have a branded jersey, as the league and the Lifelock company announced this morning a contract that extends through 2011: the Phoenix LifeLock
I know money is always good for the league, but ugh. The Mercury should be able to keep its name. No way are fans going to be chanting “go Lifelock!”
Sparks Coach Michael Cooper already knows who he’s going to cut to make the June 5 deadline before Saturday’s regular-season opener, but he won’t reveal anything until after today’s pre-season game against Connecticut, at noon PDT.
Tina Thompson and Betty Lennox are bending to fit the team mold, which will make the Sparks extra scary this year. And teammates have noticed Lisa Leslie‘s improved health lately.
And then there is the Waiting for CP situation:
“It is a major change for Candace,” Leslie said. “I call her ‘the baby [of the team],’ but now it’s different because the baby has a baby. It’s an adjustment.”
“Having a baby is not glamorous; you need a great support system. [Parker’s husband, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shelden Williams] will be a great dad. It’s tough, but one advantage she has is her age in terms of recovery time.”
Leslie also mentioned that because Parker had a natural birth, instead of a Caesarian section as Leslie did, Parker’s rehabilitation time will likely be much shorter. She is expected to be able to return to the team sometime in July. But until then, the Sparks can rest assured that with the help of their newcomers, Thompson and Lennox (and two of their veterans, Leslie and Milton-Jones), the team will be fully capable of adapting to its one-month super challenge.
And finally, happy birthday to both Sparks co-owners, Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson. Kathy shares my birthday, today, and I’m pretty sure she turns 45. Carla’s day is tomorrow, and she’s my age – 42. Kathy and Carla have completely changed the fan culture of the Sparks since taking over, and they are easily the coolest, most accessible WNBA owners in the league.
A few days ago, Chantelle Anderson reported on her twitter page that she’d been waived by the Atlanta Dream. But there’s still no mention of it on the WNBA transactions page……I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been checking every day.
So is she really waived or did they take it back? Because teammate Chamique Holdsclaw also tweeted that she would “miss telle.”
Meanwhile, across the country, the Phoenix Mercury website has been locked down. There will supposedly be a major announcement made Monday in New York, and Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter will be on hand. What else could it be but an ownerhip change?
Finally, I’m a little jealous tonight, because Holdsclaw twittered that the Dream’s season ticket holder event today was awesome. The Sparks had promised to have a picnic for STH’s way back when they were re-signing people in late 2008. But I guess they forgot about it like they forgot to re-schedule the January rummage sale that was cancelled when they had to announce Candace Parker was pregnant.