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June 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Monday dribble: WNBA power rankings, stanky leg, and HOFs

StankyLeg.jpgI wonder who would win in a “Dance Off” between Texas A&M coach Gary Blair and Storm coach Brian Agler? Blair did the Superman for his players and it was caught on tape. Agler, in a one-on-one clip with a Storm Dance Troupe performer, displayed his only dance move for the camera’s, which looked a lot like the “Stanky Leg.” Mixed to the music, it’s hilarious.
You can scroll down and enjoy that clip. It was originally played during the Storm’s win against Los Angeles on Friday. The team looked up and laughed, quickly returning to business on the court.
The focus has the team atop the Power Rankings for another week. Yet, the flashy 9-1 record is questionable. Seattle is 2-1 against the Eastern Conference, which is proving to date to be better than the Western Conference for probably the first time since the defunct Houston Comets were move from the East.
The Storm will really be tested in a back-to-back set against Indiana (6-4) and New York (4-5) this week. Facing former coaches Lin Dunn and Anne Donovan, respectively, Agler will try to guide the Storm to his 100th career win in the WNBA. Agler is currently 99-94 overall, 51-27 with Seattle.
Maybe he’ll do the “Stanky Leg,” again, if they win. Or possibly save it as a championship dance.
Here’s how the fourth edition of the power rankings shake out:
Team (Record/Last week’s ranking) Comment
1. Seattle (9-1/2): Who’s playing big? F Camille Little is a nice complement to Lauren Jackson, shooting 65.8 percent in past five games with a league-leading 3.8 steals.
2. Atlanta (8-3/1): Lost three of past four games, including initial loss to Seattle. Nothing like some San Antonio cooking to get on track. Rematch against Chicago a must-see Tuesday.
3. Washington (6-4/3): Mystics may have found their “killer” instinct. Haven’t let up the pressure in past two games, turning matchups into routs.
4. Connecticut (6-3/4): Ahem, champions win on the road and that’s still a struggle for the Sun. Team is an impressive 6-0 against the East — at home.
5. Indiana (6-4/9): Ah, Indiana has arrived. And Spokane’s Briann January has only practiced once since injury and Shavonte Zellous (trade) is still getting comfortable, so watch out.
6. New York (4-5/5): Still waiting for a breakthrough. Three games against the supposedly “weaker” West may help. Too bad one is Seattle.
7. Phoenix (5-5/7): Mercury set a franchise-record scoring mark in a116-84 win against Tulsa. But the offensive ability means little when you can’t defend when games are close.
8. Chicago (4-6/8): One of just two teams in the East with records below .500, going 1-6 against foes.
9. San Antonio (3-6/7): Injuries have hurt team. Best news is coach Sandy Brondello and hubby (assistant Olaf Lange) gave birth to healthy second child.
10. Los Angeles (3-7/11): All-Star Candace Parker questionable after leaving Minnesota win with injured left shoulder.
11. Tulsa (3-6/10): At one point Tulsa was second to Seattle in the Western Conference, now they’re fourth with “no stars.” Think about that.
12. Minnesota (2-9/12): Too many parts still getting used to each other. Luckily only Seattle has it together out West, so there’s still time.
STANKY LEG: By popular demand, the Storm offered this clip of Agler.

HALL OF FAME: Congratulations to all of the indutees to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Here are a few stories from the event on Saturday.
— From ESPN, a story on Hall of Famer Teresa Edwards.
— From the Greenwich Time, a look at Rebecca Lobo’s induction.
— From Sports Page Magazine, an overview of the glitzy ceremony.
— From The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a look at the winningest coach in girls high school hoops, who’s one of the six inducted in 2010.
— And last, but not least, from the Guru, full coverage of the weekend’s festivities.



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