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September 22, 2008 at 5:03 PM

GO LA!

It’s comical covering the postseason series against Los Angeles this season. The three stars — Coach Michael Cooper, vet Lisa Leslie, and rookie Candace Parker — are so delusional. And I’m not trying to mean about it, honestly.
Some of the hyperbole spouted by the trio, you expect. Leslie refuses to acknowledge losses or faults by her or her team. That’s understandable, why would any player say their team is going to lose or come close to psyching themselves out by stating things haven’t worked out in similar situations in the past? But Cooper’s now infamous “shoe/basketball God” theory for why Storm star Lauren Jackson will play is just ludicrous.
And now the rookie has slipped under the same confused cloud. When asked today about the KeyArena crowd and whether it took some getting used to, Parker quickly replied, “I thought they were saying ‘Go LA!'”
Really? And do they teach their student-athletes to read at Tennessee? Because even if the sound was muffled in the midst of playing, I read “Beat LA!” on the signs from across the KeyArena court. Then again, I do wear glasses, so…
It was just light-hearted humor at the practice sessions. Both teams went through simple walk-throughs to prepare for the decisive Game 3 on Tuesday at KeyArena, Seattle also played five-on-five against the male practice players with reserves Katie Gearlds, Kelly Santos, Kristen O’Neill, Kimberly Beck, and Shyra Ely because those players haven’t had much run in the past two playoff games. Storm coach Brian Agler expects to use everyone to get out of the opening round.
Agler also said C Yolanda Griffith (knees/body) and Swin Cash (back) are day-to-day because of injury. He suspects Griffith to play, however. Cooper said his team is completely healthy, “because we don’t have a bunch of old players.”
SIDENOTE: Happy birthday Cash! She’s 29 today.

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