Checked in on that other rookie who will be making her WNBA debut at KeyArena on Saturday and I’m so excited to share that Sylvia Fowles, the No. 2 overall draft pick from LSU, plans to dunk — often — this season. Fowles, a 6-foot-6 center, said she may even throw one down at the Key. And for all of you who think it’ll be some weak tip-jam stuff like Lisa Leslie or even that one by Candace Parker, checkout this clip of Fowles dunking for a Chicago Sky commercial.
“It’s a second-nature thing for me to dunk,” said Fowles, who dunked in college. “Nobody taught me how to dunk. But now I have [assistant] coach Mike [Mitchell] on my hands and just to have the opportunity to work with him, I can see the difference.”
Sweet! But if that goodie doesn’t come Saturday, know that the Storm plans to give the first 10,000 fans a commemorative program and the first 5,000 will also receive a Storm schedule magnet. The team is expected to have more than 13,000 people for opening night, opening up three sections on two sides of the upper deck.
We haven’t been let into practice, which is being held at the Key while the Sonics summer league tryouts (saw Washington alum Will Conroy giving interviews) at the training facility. The deadline for final rosters has already passed, and I’ve only spotted Florina Pascalau, Kimberly Beck, and Kelly Santos on the court. I’m told we’ll have an official release soon.
Before we get started, wanted to let you know this will be the final “Live from training camp” edition because training camp is over today and if you think a sistah is doing this all season from practice you’re nuts (smile). There will be a new feature in live threads for games I cover.
BARNES IS BACK: Former Storm forward Adia Barnes, who is the team’s color analyst, has arrived from Italy and is watching practice with us. She’s quickly catching up on all the players, knowing Pascalau from play overseas. Barnes is wondering how the Romanian will adjust to the league but still likes her game.
SANTOS ON THE RUN: Santos just made a nice layin in transition off a steal she collected from a Yolanda Griffith pass. Us media types were commenting that often big posts aren’t motivated in this league, but Santos is an aggressive hard worker, so look for her to make an impact.
IT’S OFFICIAL: The Storm cut G Doneeka Lewis. For those keeping track, the media guide was off by two. Three if you count Pascalau, but who knew that? (Aside from the coaching staff) For the record, too, G Tanisha Wright was born in Brooklyn. But everywhere West Mifflin, PA is listed and she just found out. All her family is from Brooklyn, however, and I guess they want to be properly represented.
THAT’S A WRAP: The Storm has wrapped up a long, approxiaxmate three-hour practice. Next up? The regular season. G Sue Bird said things are coming along smoothly and she’s excited about the season. She wants to get off to a good start, but noted that it is a long season.
CROSSLEY EFFECT: Storm coach Brian Agler was upset at the news G Shanna Crossley would be out the entire season due to tearing her left ACL. Crossley was the San Antonio Silver Star’s third, active, leading scorer as a reserve. “I haven’t see their final roster yet, but she could just shoot the basketball,” Agler said. “They’re well-enough coached and have enough depth that they’ll absorb it. But from from the standpoint of having somebody like that, who could help them in terms of their depth…they’ll absorb it and do well.”