ATLANTA, Ga. -- For a recent expansion franchise, the Atlanta Dream has had more than its share of on-court success. The Dream have been around for five years, and have made the playoffs four times – though in 2012, the club took a step back by being eliminated in round one of the playoffs.
In 2010 and 2011, by contrast, the Dream reached the league championship, a significant accomplishment, but then were swept by Seattle in 2010 and Minnesota in 2011.
Liz Cambage now plans to play for the Tulsa Shock in 2013, and will arrive in training camp next week.
The club's announcement Thursday is a 180-degree flip from earlier this spring, when Full Court Press was the first to report that Cambage would not be returning, again according to the Shock and coach Gary Kloppenburg.
Cambage also toyed with Tulsa last year, saying she would return after the Olympics, then missing her plane, and then deciding not to return at all. She was expected to play for the Shock this year, but then surprised the team by changing her mind.
NEW YORK CITY -- After the 2012 season, when the New York Liberty finished with a 15-18 record and exited the playoffs in the first round, many fans were disenchanted with management, uninspired by the product on the court and dreading the idea of spending one more summer “in exile” in Newark, New Jersey, awaiting the completion of final renovations on Madison Square Garden.
Stereotypes can be useful because they are frequently accurate. They can provide a useful picture of a situation -- but it's vital to remember that “frequently” is very different than “invariably”.
That distinction is important to remember as the Chicago Sky enter their eighth season. They have yet to make the playoffs and the stereotype of non-playoff teams is that they lack talent -- but nothing could be further from the truth.
Despite being stood up by Liz Cambage for the second year in a row, the Tulsa Shock are optimistic about 2013. Thanks to adding significant talent through the draft and offseason trades, the Tulsa season is shaping up to be the team's best since it arrived in Oklahoma.
"We feel like we have more firepower, bigger guards, better shooting and we have a chance to be a better defensive team,” says coach Gary Kloppenburg. “We basically have a new team.”