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May 18, 2006 at 5:35 PM

Can I play?

ESPN was in town shooting footage for its broadcast of the Storm-Houston game on Tuesday.
As reporter LZ Granderson watched practice, he noticed the male practice players and couldn’t resist asking coach Anne Donovan later at dinner if he could join in. When she said yes, he immediately changed his flight to participate in practice on Thursday.
“They’re incredible,” he said of the experience.
Granderson chilled at first, just getting a feel for the team and the players. Then he jumped in and wanted “to win,” which, of course, is not the intent of the male practice players. Granderson was looking for a little redemption, too. He played guards Sue Bird and Betty Lennox in P-I-G and got one “P” in four games.
“They kicked my [bleep],” he said.
The national television visit was a culmination of a weird stretch of days for the players, who will not practice Friday. The Storm had a breakfast this morning, where Bird and Lennox were a comedy act for the 200 attendees. And the jokes spilled into practice when Bird teased players about their television interviews.
“This is good,” forward Lauren Jackson said. “It feels like 2004.”
You know, when the Storm won the championship.
Get it started
Forward Wendy Palmer will replace center Janell Burse in the starting lineup for Sunday’s opener against Los Angeles. The Storm is preparing for Burse not to play because she has been unable to participate in training camp the past two weeks. But she is progressing with the slight tear in her left labrum (upper shoulder). The injury is scary. San Antonio forward LaToya Thomas suffered a tear, missing 13 games and averaging a career-low 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds last season.
Rumor mill
The bad side of blogging seeped into the WNBA ranks today when the PR staff in Los Angeles had to field calls about Sparks forward Chamique Holdsclaw’s whereabouts. Apparently word was spreading that the All-Star skipped town because of fights with management and/or her ongoing dealings with depression.
Well, one quick call revealed none of it is true. Yes, Holdsclaw is not with the team. But she will be in Seattle for the season opener and missed practice the past two days to handle a personal situation with her family.
Another shout out
Happy birthday to Burse, who turns 27 on Friday.
B-present
Storm guard Betty Lennox will sign autographs 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Bellevue Fred Meyer on 148th Avenue Northeast

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