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Old 31-07-2015, 12:51 PM   #26
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Tulsa Shock going to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex next season. Arlington in the middle, to be exact. Been wondering for years when Dallas will join the WNBA with its women's pro basketball heritage:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dal...?click_check=1
I wonder whether the city of Dallas-Ft.Worth is 'acceptable' enough to lure Cambage back to the Shock and the WNBA?
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:40 AM   #27
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Dallas and Ft. Worth are actually two separate cities like Minneapolis and Minnesota's state capital St. Paul and Raleigh and Durham in North Carolina, which are often put together for marketing reasons. It's not like Winston-Salem, North Carolina in this regard that's an entire city. Ft. Worth is the western city and is the home of Texas Christian University. Dallas is the bigger and more tony and upscale city to the far east. The Dallas-Ft. Worth connection got popularized after the massive Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport opened, replacing and having outgrown Love Field, the airport JFK landed at on his fateful trip to Dallas in 1963, right in the middle. Arlington, the home of the Dallas Cowboys' massive AT&T Stadium and the Texas Rangers' ballpark as well as the University of Texas-Arlington, and Irving are a couple of the suburbs that are in the middle of those two North Texas cities.

With several teams out West--and Atlanta in the East being so bad right now, the WNBA is revising its lottery rules so as not to encourage tanking in the upcoming Breanna Stewart sweepstakes:
http://www.slamonline.com/other-ball...OKR0kPabkWs.97
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:06 PM   #28
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Was wondering why Tolo had continual DNP's next to her name in the Spark's boxscores - now I hear she has torn her ACL. Not good 1 year out from the Olympics.
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:40 PM   #29
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The season fell really flat from an Aussie point of view, there was so much promise at seasons start, injuries to Phillips, Allen and now Tolo hasn't helped. Madgen got cut, Ohea has been Ok, Francis is playing well with limited minutes, Mitchell has been up and down but seems to have lost her starting spot now. As great as Bishop is in the WNBL she cant/wont make an impact at WNBA level, she played one good game though first game of the season I think, 18pts. Hope Penny Taylor plays again next season.
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Old 25-09-2015, 06:39 AM   #30
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No doubt it's been disappointing for the Aussie WNBA Nation. Well, at least you still have Leilani Mitchell and Cayla Francis all from the Phoenix Mercury at this stage, regardless of playing time. Sorry that I haven't made my way here as much in a while as I really should.

All hail Elena!! The WNBA MVP!! Her in-game efficiency is straight of the charts! It seriously outrivals that of any basketball player, male or female! Unstoppable and dominate!
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/08/here...etball-history
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...er-wnba-season
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...916-story.html
http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/del...-throws/nnkcb/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...916-story.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/o...915-story.html

Allie Quigley is Sixth Man of the Year.

Unfortunate that the Chicago Sky won't be able to try getting that title after its elimination by Indiana 2-1. In the first two games of the series, Della Donne was held in check. But on the series elimination game, she went off for 40 points Monday night. But the Fever upset to go to is 5th straight WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. Just another lesson of vet playoff experience like Tamika Catchings's trademark grit. Never mind Chicago won the season series. Series was, until third and final game, rather close.

Atlanta Dream certainly has been a disappointment this season. I think Celine Dumerc's absence in wanting to focus on Les Bleus during Eurobasket and get a title instead of returning to Atlanta worked against the Dream more than they realize.

I'm thinking New York will come out on tops versus Indiana. Bill Laimbeer will get them championship-ready.

New York's Laimbeer named WNBA Coach of the Year:
http://espn.go.com/new-york/story/_/...nba-coach-year

New WNBA promo is excellent:
http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-li...iously-amazing

Farewell, Tulsa. Good luck in the Arlington portion of Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex at the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks' College Park Center. Rest of the season for the Shock, when the July move was shockingly (pun intended) announced, was like a lame duck one. Just look at the afterwards attendance at Tulsa's BOK Center. Just couldn't work there. Miserable and dysfunctional there since 2010. Never had a shot. Phoenix was just too good, even if Skyler Diggins was healthy all season long. Griner had her way with the Shock. Game 2 was pretty really much for the Tulsa fans. Maybe minority owner Bill Cameron made his mind up before the season started:
http://www.wnba.com/game/20150919/PHOTUL/
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...st-round-sweep

Seattle's Jewell Lloyd wins WNBA Rookie of the Year in an expected dismal season for the Storm. Her Japanese temmate Ramu Tokashiki, Ana Dabovic (you're far better than that team), Natalie Achonwa, Britanny Boyd all made the All-Rookie Team with her:
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...ba-rookie-year

Very glad that Minnesota took care of the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire WNBA Chapter! Wasn't a 2-0 sweep but they're gone. Vintage Lynx basketball at its finest. Yes, there's Maya, Lindsay, Slyvia, and Seimone. But Anna Cruz is a hidden gem:
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...ference-finals

Once again we got another Minnesota-Phoenix West Final. Arguably, the best rivalry going on in women's basketball. Phoenix will win in 3 even without Diana Taurasi. This Brit must play out of her body.

And yes, the WNBA Lottery will take place at halftime between Phoenix and Minnesota WNBA West Conference Final Game 1 with the winner of course getting All-American UCONN superstar and future pro gamechanger Breanna Stewart, 3x NCAA champs aiming for all 4 in her upcoming senior season. Hope the alleged tanking was worth it in the Stewie Sweepstakes. Just as long as that NDCELE WNBA Chapter doesn't somehow win #1. Like to see Seattle get her. Don't mind San Antonio, Atlanta, or even stay in Connecticut with the Sun. Let's remind ourselves though that she's not the only worthy pick out there with this 2016 WNBA Draft like her UCONN teammate Moriah Jefferson:
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...ng-player-wnba
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Old 28-09-2015, 11:32 AM   #31
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Boucek's eyes alight on winning the lottery, probably dreaming of a Seattle future involving Lloyd and Stewart, couldn't blame her.

Phoenix's disappointing exit at the hands of the Lynx in 2, wouldn't have been what Bronds was after, although her selections (or non-selections) have definitely played a role.

Moore's 5 O/Boards in game 2 equaled the combined total of Bonner, Griner and Dupree. Currie won the rebound count for a Phoenix team, hammered 36-26 on the boards. I can't help feeling Cayla George might have been at least an option to limit the number of boards Fowles got. Likewise the preference for Marta Xargay-Casademont over others, just hasn't worked out.
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Old 30-09-2015, 11:00 AM   #32
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Credit to Indiana, just a great playoff team. Cant wait for the rematch with the Lynx. Erin Phillips was huge for the Fever when they met in the Final a few years back, someone else from the Fever will need to step up this year.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:16 AM   #33
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Now Seattle has the chance to pass the torch from Loz-Sue Bird to Stewart-Lloyd. Don't expect WNBA titles right away though.

Had a strong feeling Minnesota was going to beat Phoenix. But I went with my heart rather than my head. ESPN's Michelle Voepel projected the Lynx will claim the West. Not having Diana Taurasi came to haunt them. Brondello's questionable selections did indeed play a role.

Can Tamika Catchings step up. Preferably someone younger in this series. Minnesota's got some recent winners like Moore and Augustus. Still, Indiana's Stephanie White could've been WNBA Coach of the Year.
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:15 AM   #34
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Indiana's Natalie Achonwa is only three wins away from being the first Canadian to having a FIBA gold, Pan Am gold, and a WNBA title!
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/...tory-1.3253312
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:21 AM   #35
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So glad the Fever won that one, Moore's flopping and every foul call going her way bugs me.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:12 AM   #36
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Maya's a winner at whatever level she's at from high school to international. Tonight's the night if the Lynx season will live another night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Indiana's got that vet grit.

Also, what cities do you like to see the WNBA expand to if it decides this? Several cities I see deserve a second chance with a few fresh ones--I talked about Toronto for example on the Toronto thread. What's important, among a lot of factors into this, is that the grassroots level for girls'/women's basketball is there in those cities.

Fun While It Lasted pays tribute to the just-now-moving Tulsa Shock's often majestically abysmal 6-year span in the Oklahoma city (small "c") that ended with a-first-and-only-in-the Tulsa era fleeting playoff berth that ended weeks ago to the Phoenix Mercury after announcing the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex move (Arlington, to be precise). Like that 2011 20-game losing streak. No mention of Nolan Richardson as Tulsa's first coach in this, though:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2015...5-tulsa-shock/
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:29 PM   #37
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Minnesota wins tonight to play up at least to 4 games 77-71:

(Game 2 preview)
http://espn.go.com/wnba/preview?gameId=400847196

Sylvia Fowles celebrates her 30th birthday in style in Minneapolis with the win. Maya Moore shines too in picking her spots. Meanwhile, Stephanie White acts livid on Tamika Catching's behalf and of Indiana's foul trouble. The Lynx are now 20-8 alltime at the Target Center during the WNBA Playoffs!
http://espn.go.com/wnba/recap?gameId=400847196
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...ry-wnba-finals
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...-2-wnba-finals
http://www.wnba.com/news/moore-picks...e-in-lynx-win/

WNBA is no stranger to external forces to impose playoff scheduling changes over the years. The latest three--and all completely independent to each other--parties were just the latest:
http://www.foxsports.com/wnba/story/...-issues-091615

Could this series go the distance. Possible. But right now, Indiana is focused on claiming Game 4 back in Indianapolis:
http://www.foxsports.com/wnba/story/...-game-3-100715
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Old 15-10-2015, 08:23 AM   #38
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So this all comes down to this tonight in Minneapolis at the Target Center. Everything's knotted up at 2-2. Who's getting this between Minnesota and Indiana? Staring to think the Lynx will win another WNBA title. First time in 6 years the WNBA Finals ended with a Game 5. Minnesota must not suffer from the serious foul trouble like they did in Game 4 in Indianapolis. Should be a doozy:
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...ood-basketball

Could Tamika Catchings get with another title to cap her tremendous basketball legacy?
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...re-replaceable
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:12 AM   #39
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Minnesota it is as WNBA champs once again!
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...minnesota-lynx
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...a-championship
http://espn.go.com/wnba/recap?gameId=400847199
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...me-wnba-finals

Detroit-turned-Tulsa Shock is now the Dallas Wings with a pegasus as a logo, landing in Arlington (it's a nod to those pegasus statues all over Dallas), copying the Pelicans logo. Interestingly, no stars on this Dallas sports team logo. Still, you have to feel for those left behind in Tulsa who really want to make it work there and feel betrayed after making its playoff debut in the woeful Tulsa era:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2015/11/...ro-hoops-team/
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...d-dallas-wings
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...nba-high-hopes
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Old 20-11-2015, 12:44 PM   #40
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WNBA President Laurel Richie resigns earlier this month just as WNBA will be on the verge of celebrating 20 years of existence:
http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/1...president-wnba
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