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May 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Live from training camp: Bird on the court

We haven’t been allowed in, but I spotted PG Sue Bird in the house. Us media types were talking of the brutal turnaround she had from Moscow to Seattle, especially after the high of winning a championship on Saturday. But — as usual — she seems unfazed.
Two-time MVP Lauren Jackson, who arrived on Monday, is not here. Jackson is in Seattle, but resting at home. She’s said before that she loves to sleep on rainy days and Seattle served up a perfect one for her today. I’ll have more when the doors officially open.
JACKSON UPDATE: My bad. Got some bad info and it turns out that Jackson is actually in London, en route to Seattle. She’ll arrive late tonight and is expected to participate in the Storm’s late afternoon practice on Wednesday.
POINT WRIGHT: G Tanisha Wright is at the point, again, with the Black Team. Coach Brian Agler said he likes her more at SG, but apparently Wright is showing signs of improvement from last season at the point.
CUTS?: The Storm doesn’t have to make any cuts with Bird and Jackson’s arrival since the training camp roster is at the required 15 players. But Agler left this option open. Since the team makes it debut on Saturday, I’d guess he’d make a decision on Wednesday to make final preps and settle on roles.
SWAPPING POINTS: OK, now Kristen O’Neill is trying her hand at the point for the White Team. She’s lined up with C Ashley Robinson, F Kelly Santos, G Roneeka Hodges, and F Katie Gearlds. I like O’Neill to make the final roster for the oppisite reason Chandi Jones was cut. Talked to Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer this morning and we talked about the need of a killer, grind it out mentality that you need in order to make it in the WNBA. Or as a pro in general. Jones didn’t appear to have it and Laimbeer said that was one of the reason’s she was traded and then cut by Washington. O’Neill, while looking sweet, has that drive. KG teased her the other day about when she was going to get off the court and Agler said, with his back turned to O’Neill while shooting that same day, that he didn’t even need to turn around to know that it was her.
AH OFFENSE: Bird, Swoopes, Shyra Ely, Griffith, and Cash were just running a play together and Bird is making things flow against the men. There’s crisp passing and made shots. Hopefully this carries over.
FYI: Former Storm rookie Allie Quigley was signed by Phoenix on Monday and G Betty Lennox has reported to Atlanta’s training camp.
THAT”S A WRAP: Practice ended on a made three-pointer by Roneeka Hodges. Bird didn’t look too shabby. We’ll see how things really look with the final component in Jackson on Wednesday.



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