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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

July 11, 2006 at 1:19 PM

New kicks

Storm forward Lauren Jackson didn’t participate in the open practice today as expected, choosing instead to rest her chronic left shin. The five-time All-Star did try to win $200 from West coach John Whisenant (Sacramento) for making a halfcourt shot, but the cash went to Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi.
Jackson, who said she’s having fun socializing with everyone this season, did show off her new sneakers. The Australian has a contract with Nike and the company sent her a new pair of kicks in WNBA orange to match her All-Star jersey. The shoes are the same make as the ones she wears for Storm games, including the signature “LJ15” on back.
No chance in getting them at an auction anytime soon. Jackson thinks they’re “super cool,” so surely she’ll be wearing them around town.
While the West, which has won all seven All-Star games, immediately jumped into a light practice that concluded with a dancing circle that aroused the sparse crowd, the East began its session with a long stretching circle.
“We have a lot of injuries as you know,” said East coach Mike Thibault (Connecticut), who wore a microphone. “We don’t want any more.”
Three original East starters had to be replaced due to injuries.

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