First, Liz Cambage was going to miss five games for the Shock after the Olympic break. Then word came yesterday that she missed her flight back to the U.S. Today, the Shock announced she won’t return this season at all.
Just for once, I’d love it if someone were made to explain WHY they’re taking the actions they are.
A fairly scathing piece by ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel on yesterday’s firing of Dream Coach and GM Marynell Meadors:
McCoughtry, er, Williams takes over
So now we know who is really in charge in Atlanta. It isn’t Fred Williams, the new head coach who moved up from his assistant’s job when Meadors got the boot Monday on her birthday. Williams is another longtime coach who has worked at the college, WNBA and NBA levels. He knows the score.
And it isn’t really owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler, either, although in name they are running the show. We are aware now who’s really pulling the strings for the Dream: Angel McCoughtry, the former No. 1 draft pick, current leading scorer in the WNBA, Olympic gold medalist, and malcontent who left her team for a few days and now has what she wants: a new puppet to play with.
Sorry, Coach Williams, but if they fired Meadors after she led the Dream to back-to-back Finals and was with the franchise from the ground up, what do you think they’ll do if McCoughtry turns on you?
Yesterday on my twitter feed, I posed the question, “does this have anything to do with Angel McCoughtry?” Someone, who looks to be her sister Kristina, responded to me, “NO!” and we had a twit-convo. I offered the chance for Angel to tell her side of the story, but her sister said no.
Until Angel McCoughtry decides to speak, she will most likely see more pieces like Voepel’s, and more tweets like that of Geno Auriemma.