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April 28, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Running the point

Well, Storm returnee Tanisha Wright outlasted her final competitor (that’s in camp, anyway) when coach Anne Donovan waived Yolanda Paige this morning. It was expected because Paige is a true point guard and that type of one-dimensional player is being phased out in the WNBA.
“That’s the name of the game, versatility,” Donovan said.
But Wright, who can also play shooting guard and is a solid defender, may have suffered her own setback. She injured her groin today and is listed as day-to-day. Rookie Katie Gearlds took over the offense when Wright went down.
Don’t know what it is about the second week of training camp, but it’s giving Wright problems again. That’s when she lost her confidence last season, never recovering from her turnover problems, and now she’s injured.
The Storm has Italian Francesca Zara waiting if Wright doesn’t return as the player Donovan praised all week. Zara, who played with Seattle in 2005, is currently playing in Russia with WNBA teammates Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson.
I’m a huge Zara fan. I thought the Storm should have protected her during the Chicago expansion draft considering how important it is to have someone reliable to get Jackson the ball. But I also liked the changes in Wright during camp. She has a certain confidence and relaxed style that would work this summer. So I hope she returns healthier.
Not that Gearlds isn’t a good option. But she’s a rookie and it’s the wrong year to have a rookie running your offense — even for 10 minutes a night. Too many teams are stable, and Gearlds is going to have some growing pains.

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