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August 28, 2007 at 6:48 PM

Player exits

The Storm began player exit interviews today. Veteran Wendy Palmer walked out of the training facility with a huge garbage bag full of personals and expressing her favorite thing about Seattle is the weather (Yeah, stick around another few weeks and see how you feel). The league original hasn’t thought about her future — yet — just preparing for her first season as an assistant coach at Kentucky.
Rookie Katie Gearlds, an Indiana native who starred at Purdue, spoke of the difficulties transitioning from having her parents at every game to living in the Pacific Northwest with no family. She’s set to play in the EuroLeague beginning Oct. 1 — teaming with New York’s Janel McCarville, recently named Most Improved Player, in Slovakia. Gearlds will compete against Storm All-Star Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson’s Russian team.
Veteran Betty Lennox also plans to play overseas, but she’s departing tonight for home in Missouri. She said she hasn’t been there in about a year, instead getting friends and family to take care of her dogs and make her place appear lived in. Lennox plans to stay there for a few months.
Newcomers Doneeka Lewis and Astou Ndiaye-Diatta also had their interviews and final fitness tests. Lewis is returning to Louisiana and throwing a party that teammate Janell Burse is going to attend. Burse lives in nearby Slidell, La.
Burse starts the final round of exit interviews on Wednesday. Jackson is also expected to return from her extended stay in Phoenix by then. So don’t expect an announcement regarding the MVP award during Thursday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between Phoenix and San Antonio. League sources said that will occurring during the WNBA Finals.

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