Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper is successfully recovering from cancer surgery three weeks ago, but now has his hands full getting his team back on a winning track.
Cooper, 58, lost 10 pounds after surgery to remove tongue cancer. The only other visible indicator of what he's been through is the long surgical scar on the left side of his neck. He said he is getting better every day.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The preliminary rounds of the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women are in the books, and Team USA has sliced through the competition like a hot knife through butter, advancing unbeaten to face Argentina in Saturday's semifinals and securing a berth in next years FIBA U19 World Championships. The United States, which put more than 100 points on the board in each of their three opening round games this week and defeated each opponent by 30 points or better, is the lone undefeated team remaining in the competition.
The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced.
Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).
It’s go time! We are officially in the stretch run of this year’s WNBA season, and the playoff picture could not be more exciting. Two-and-a-half games separate the second-place team from the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. Three-and-a-half games separate the third-place team and the last-place team in the West. The bottom line: Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta (the only three teams in the league whose records are in the black) have already clinched their berths, but every single team in the league still has a shot to make the playoffs.
Yesterday’s Sun vs. Sparks game showcased two teams struggling to make the playoffs from opposite ends of the spectrum. It also highlighted one of the premiere individual rivalries that fans will enjoy for years to come, in the battle of the Ogwumike sisters.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- In an ending which you would probably only draw up in Hollywood, Cal Storm Team Taurasi (yes, Diana is a sponsor) erased a 10-point second-half deficit as time expired in regulation and went on to win its first Nike Nationals championship in overtime (65-60) over Tree of Hope (based out of the Seattle area). This marked the first finals meeting of two West Coast teams (Taurasi is based out of California) in the history of this prestigious event.
Sixth woman, unsung hero, secret weapon – call San Antonio Stars guard Jia Perkins what you want, but every name fits.
The 11-year veteran has been a stable and productive presence throughout her professional career. In her fourth season with the Stars, she has made invaluable contributions, her coaches and teammates say.
This past spring, Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn announced she'd be retiring at the conclusion of this year's WNBA season. She has been coaching for 44 years, at both the collegiate and professional levels. I sat down with Coach Dunn last night to talk with her about her future plans, and her perspective on the sport after so many years.
The message from a group of fans came through to Phoenix Mercury star center Brittney Griner loud and clear Thursday night: We appreciate what you've done.
As part of the Los Angeles Sparks' gay and lesbian pride night - following suit with most other WNBA teams this season - they hosted a post-game "meet and greet" session with opposing player Griner. The 6-foot-8 All-Star made headlines last year when she came out as a lesbian.
As the fourth quarter of last weekend's WNBA All-Star game wound down, Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel wound up.
Down the stretch, and into the overtime period, Schimmel put up 13 of her game-high 29 points. It seemed at times that she couldn't miss, as she threw up improbable shots that drained the net.
When all was said and done, Schimmel had lead the East to the win, broke the game scoring record and was crowned MVP of the day. As she hoisted the trophy to a loudly-cheering crowd, the court around her was flooded.