There are some players who just can't get a break.
Such is the case for Tulsa shock center Liz Cambage who will sit out for the remainder of the season with a severe left ankle sprain. Earlier in the season, Cambage rolled her ankle in a game against New York, missing eight games as a result. Cambage recently re-sprained the same ankle when the Shock took on the Sparks and has been sidelined for good. The 6-8 Australian headed home yesterday where she will begin rehab on her ankle.
I arrived early to US Airways center for the video interview with Katie Smith and while I was setting up my equipment, Diana Taurasi took to the floor to warm up.
“How’s it goin’?” Diana asked, and I told her I was interviewing a buddy of hers.
“Katie’s the best,” she said of her onetime Olympic teammate. “You know, whenever they talk about the greatest, like the greatest of all time, it’s Katie Smith. I remember growing up watching her with the ABL, then the WNBA.”
Gracing the pages of Dime Magazine wearing little more than a strategically placed basketball isn’t where you would typically expect to see a WNBA player. But it's exactly where you'll find former Minnesota Lynx forward Kristin Mann.
After checking an older email account that she had long ignored, Mann came across an email from an editor at Dime. After a couple of conversations, Mann was on her way to quite a “revealing” photo shoot.
With less than a week left, the Chicago Sky are still in the playoff hunt -- and though Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince, as expected, have played major roles, injuries to both have thrust reserves Carolyn Swords and Shay Murphy into starring roles.
Off the court, the Louisiana native and WNBA champion started a foundation in 2009, named after the very thing she exemplifies. With H.O.P.E. (which stands for Heaven Open People’s Eyes), Johnson’s goal is to inspire youth, and with the publication of her second children’s book Temeka’s Choice, she’s doing just that. Johnson’s book is also a testament to the importance of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, telling the story of a young girl's basketball dream.
PHOENIX - Alexis Gray-Lawson is the resilient type, that tough girl next door neighbor that always earned respect from the guys on the court. Her ability to take a hit and keep going is what we admire about her career. Even as this story was about to go to print, we learned that Lawson had just been waived from the Phoenix Mercury late Friday night. But from where we sit, it's just another bump in the road that will only make her stronger.
The Los Angeles Sparks are off to a stong 9-3 start this season under new head coach Carol Ross. They are comfortably sitting in second place in the Western Conference, two games back from Minnesota and have a huge lead of 5 or more games in the standings over the rest of the West.
But enough about all that basketball stuff, Alex Chambers took some time to find out what the Sparks are up to off the court in this installment of All Access: L.A. Sparks-part 1.....(yes, there is MORE with All Access with LA next week).
The Minnesota Lynx are the only undefeated team in the WNBA finishing the week with a perfect 7-0 record and maintain first place in the Western Conference standings. In the East, both Connecticut and Indiana fell this week spoiling their perfect records. The Fever lead the Eastern Conference despite having the same 4-1 record as the Sun and Sky.