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Women's Hoops

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May 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Storm shootaround: Pascalau wins one

The Storm just wrapped up shoot around and Florina Pascalau won the infamous half-court shot. The contest that wraps up the morning walk-through is actually under new rules, according to coach Brian Agler. Everyone still gets an attempt, but unlike the past, the first to make the basket ends the game.
PG Sue Bird made the shot in Phoenix last week, using an imaginary machine gun to shoot down whatever in the empty arena. But there was a discrepancy with the rest of the team, which thought they could also try.
“They try to change the rules every time,” Agler said of C Ashley Robinson and F Shyra Ely haggling with him.
Anyway, most of the talk at today’s shoot around was about Silver Stars G Becky Hammon and her decision to play for Russia. Times columnist Steve Kelley will have more on this later in his “Road to Beijing” series, he was here interviewing about the topic and sharing the latest on Sir Ben Kingsley’s four wives. But Storm F Lauren Jackson, who is in support of Hammon, was comical about former coach Anne Donovan’s traitor comment toward Hammon on last week’s broadcast of the Storm-Silver Stars game.
“That’s something she would say,” Jackson said, adding that Donovan obviously didn’t know the business parameters behind the decision before using “such harsh words.”
Folks have sent me the various Internet threads on Hammon and I just don’t understand the problem.
If Hammon were a Bird — expected since eighth grade to play for the Olympic team — and said, “No, I’m playing for Russia,” then maybe I understand the frustration. But Hammon, Kelly Miller, Deanna Nolan, and all of the other quality players not being considered by the U.S. for this Olympic team are now free agents, to steal a phrase from Kelley. If they believe they are good enough, they should be able to play elsewhere. Shoot, Americans invented outsourcing and this is the land of the free, isn’t it?

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