First weekend of WNBA training camp

Camp is in session beginning this weekend and in some cases, Monday. The league’s website has links galore, including player movement central, the transactions page, and Lynx training camp live chat. But there are other links:

The Mystics prepare for life without Alana Beard this season.

The Mercury will try to defend their title this year, of course.

And get this – the same idiot who wrote an anti-WNBA piece for the LA Times in 2008 has now written an LA Sparks preview piece today.

This young person has been covering LA-area preps for the last year, and not doing it too well, either. I can tell by her choppy writing style and omission of much information that she was not trained in journalism. Combine that with her venom towards women’s professional basketball in the United States, and she would make a perfect Sparks beat writer, right?

That’s why I don’t subscribe to the LA Times, is because of crap like that.

Last year the Times had Mark Medina to cover the Sparks, and he did a great job. But he’s covering the Lakers this year. Probably this young person is all the paper is willing to afford for the WNBA right now.

It’s one of the biggest ironies in basketball life that Southern California has some of the best women’s high school and pro (college is coming up too) players and teams in the country, and we’re stuck with a rag like the LA Times that won’t cover it.