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May 31, 2006 at 1:45 PM

Whiz a King?

Sources say the Sacramento Kings are ready to name a coach at a press conference Thursday. There has been much speculation that the successor to Rick Adelman will be the WNBA’s Monarchs coach John Whisenant, dubbed “The Whiz.”
After shoot-around today, Whisenant stopped media before they opened their mouths for the first question to say he was “only going to talk about the Monarchs and the game tonight [with the Storm]. There’s no new news that hasn’t already been said.”
Whisenant interviewed with the Maloofs, the owners of both pro organizations, in Las Vegas over the holiday weekend. He said he hoped the swirling rumors weren’t a distraction for his team, but that he’d know during the game tonight. The Monarchs (2-1) lost to Houston in their home opener on Thursday, not getting a chance to practice for the game because of a trip to the White House to meet the President.
Because of Whisenant’s almost imminent departure (he’s the frontrunner for the job because of his close friendship with the Maloofs and a successful WNBA stint that included winning the 2005 championship) folks around the league are wondering who will replace him.
Assistant coach Tom Adatemarco has been mentioned, but if the league is trying to bring more women into the coaching fold, Houston assistant coach Karleen Thompson should get serious consideration.
Thompson was an assistant under Michael Cooper in Los Angeles and should have replaced him when he departed for the NBA. Instead she was a co-coach, helping the Sparks reach the playoffs in 2004. The Sparks hired Henry Bibby and then his assistant Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, who compiled a 17-17 record and missed the postseason last summer.
Storm assistant coaches Jessie Kenlaw and Heidi VanDerveer, who led the Monarchs in 1999, aren’t interested in returning to the head coaching ranks just yet.
Cha-ching
With the departure of Simone Edwards, Storm coach Anne Donovan looked to save a little cash with her fun halfcourt shootout after shoot-around. Edwards was the most consistent shooter from that range.
Well, Donovan saved some dough for the first three games, but guard Betty Lennox and rookie forward Barbara Turner made the shot today. They had a shoot-off to avoid splitting the $50, but after the second try Lennox said 25 bucks was good enough.

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