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August 17, 2006 at 8:15 PM

How it was

Los Angeles All-Star Lisa Leslie had a lot to say to Seattle media following her team’s practice at KeyArena on Thursday.
She was asked to refelect back on last summer’s 17-17 season where the Sparks were bumped from the opening round of the playoffs by Sacramento. Coach Joe Bryant finished the season with Los Angeles, but you may remember the brief Henry Bibby era to start the summer.
People, including myself, were against the hire because Bibby had no background in coaching women and was ousted at Southern California. Well, according to some tales by Leslie, the concerns were justified.
“It kind of started in the beginning when I realized Bibby only knew one WNBA player and that was me,” Leslie said. “I kind of knew we were in trouble from Day One. Then the game when we played against Charlotte and Dawn Staley was still there and he was like, ‘no matter what, leave that girl, she can’t score, she can’t shoot.’ She must have had 24 that game and we lost [it was actually 12, Sheri Sam had 24]. Then it was like, ‘this is going to be a long season.’ The last thing he said was, ‘we’re just going to play zone all year, pack it in, these women can’t shoot. And Diana Taurasi had 26. It was just kind of hard to work under those conditions.”
Bibby resigned after posting a 13-16 record. Bryant was 4-1 in his final five games.

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