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July 24, 2006 at 5:13 PM

Backup plan

Guess who’s back in a Storm jersey?
Center Cisti Greenwalt.
Greenwalt, a free-agent rookie, was signed by the Storm today to fill some mammoth holes the team has in the post. You can read more about it in Tuesday’s paper, but basically veteran Janell Burse isn’t scheduled to have an MRI on her left shoulder until Wednesday, so she will not start against Phoenix on Tuesday and Wendy Palmer (achilles) is in North Carolina having her injury evaluated.
Add new injuries to Barbara Turner (ankle) to the old bumps All-Stars Lauren Jackson (shin, foot) and Sue Bird (foot) are experiencing, and the Storm didn’t even have enough healthy bodies to practice on Monday. They cancelled the session. It was break for a team that won back-to-back road games to regain their positioning in the playoff race.
Aside from injuries and having two teams in the Storm and Mercury clawing for the final postseason slot, there’s expected to be a showing of support for the Storm in lieu of last week’s news of the team being sold to Oklahoma City-based businessmen. According to a few fans, Mercury supporters will make signs for the new owners to keep the team in Seattle, although that is what the group intends if it can get a new arena.
Many WNBA fans have posted on the Internet the importance of Seattle to the league because of the Storm’s strong fan base and media support — key components that are not only tough to build just anywhere, but not always found elsewhere in the 14-team league.

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