LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks have signed head coach Carol Ross to a multi-year contract extension, the team's executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler announced Thursday. Pursuant to team policy, the terms of the deal were not made public.
ATLANTA, GA -- For the second time in 15 months the Atlanta Dream ownership has let their head coach go.
On Friday, team co-owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler announced they will not renew the contract of general manager and head coach Fred Williams, who was promoted last August when the Dream fired then head coach Marynell Meadors.
Championship teams are always idolized -- and multiple championships means talk of dynasties.
The rest? They are referred to, in varying degrees, as losers who can't get the job (here winning a WNBA championship) done. Particular scorn is reserved for the perennial runnerup, who is seen as defective or even accursed, even though that was the second-best team.
DULUTH, GA -- For the second time in three seasons the Minnesota Lynx hoisted the WNBA Championship trophy on the home court of the Atlanta Dream, this time with an 86-77 win that completed a 7-0 run through the playoffs.
Maya Moore, who won three state championships at Collins Hill High School, just six miles up the road from the Gwinnett Arena, was named the WNBA Finals MVP after posting a game-high 23 points.
Minneapolis, MN -- The Minnesota Lynx committed 20 turnovers, leading to 25 points for the Atlanta Dream in game two of the WNBA Finals Tuesday night at Target Center.
That was the bad news, but the 12,312 fans in attendance would never know it, as the good news for the Lynx -- starting with a Finals' record 56.9 percent shooting -- overwhelmed the bad, and for that matter, Atlanta.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- It was supposed to be championship game, not a scrimmage between the varsity and JVs -- but if not for a rabid crowd of more than13,000 packing the seats at Target Center, Minnesota's 84-59 demolition of the Atlanta Dream could easily have been taken for a preseason practice between the stars and the benchwarmers.
Then again, many expected this kind of result, given the Lynx balance of talent, and the flawless demonstration of the team's skills and teamwork cast Atlanta as helpless bystanders in a high-level basketball clinic.
Before the playoffs began, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve admitted to Full Court that she's a bit superstitious. After heading into last year's championships as the odds-on favorite to bring home the hardware, her Lynx fell short, falling to the underdog Indiana Fever in four games. So this year, said Reeves, she resolved not to do anything, including interviews and previews, that she did in the lead-up to last year's Finals.
The WNBA would have much preferred one of the Three to See, or Candace Parker and company, in the Finals. The league can certainly deal with Minnesota, with Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus, but 17-17 Atlanta, two-time losers in the Finals, isn’t exactly the dream opponent (sorry).
The positives are that the Dream love to run, so there should be lots of points, and Angel McCoughtry could melt down in SportsCenter-worthy fashion at any moment.