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May 6, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Live from training camp: playing live

The doors are open to media and Storm coach Brian Agler could use a little work on his jump ball toss. He had to throw it twice but the team is under way with another scrimmage against the men. Doneeka Lewis is running the points with Sheryl Swoopes and Swin Cash on the wings. Shyra Ely and Ashley Robinson are working inside.
SLOPPY PLAY: Agler has already stopped play because of careless play by the black team (above players). He’s getting after Swoopes again for not competing if she misses shots and stopped play when A-Rob made a mistake on her offensive assignment. The glitches among the vets are why there should be concern about the Storm’s quest for a title.
PETRO LOOKING ON: Sonics C Johan Petro is sitting atop a table by the Sonics’ court watching practice. He’s a regular at games, normally attending with fellow Frenchman Mickael Gelabale. Gelabale is in France undergoing surgery this offseason.
NO MORE THREES: Agler is harping on the perimeter defense. The men are able to work the ball outside and nail threes. The Storm is now working a zone defense. PG Kimberly Beck, SF Katie Gearlds, Swoopes, A-Rob, and PF Kelly Santos are on the court now.
NICE DISH: Beck had a nice assist to Santos. Beck has really made an impression, but Lewis is the stronger, more experienced player. It’ll be interesting to see how Tanisha Wright affects the battle for backup PG. I’m, also still partial to undrafted rookie Daphanie Kennedy and wonder if C Janell Burse’s decision not to return will help keep a few of the rookies.
SHOOTING: The team is shooting free throws now. They haven’t dismissed the men, so they’ll probably come back to play another scrimmage. Gearlds is paried with Kristen O’Neill. These two could really push each other to improve, if retained on the final roster.
WRAPPING UP: It appeared to be a grueling practice on a dreary day in Seattle. Agler was not upbeat, harping throughout the small portion media viewed. The players look spent but I believe they’re taking Tuesday off. It was an approximate 3-hour session, ended by Yolanda Griffith’s “Storm” chant. Griffith only participated in parts of practice due to nagging knee pain. Agler joked that he wanted to watch the “wear the tread out on the tires” in reference to Griffith, who at 38 is still diving on the floor for loose balls in practice. Yes, practice.
NO DOMA: Rookie Natalie Doma didn’t attend practice. She’s studying for a college final that she’ll have to take on Wednesday. Agler said she has contract to play in France in the fall and emphasized that her education is also important because the post was struggling to balance both school work and training camp.



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