This dumping of my WNBA mailbag is long overdue. Some who asked questions may have even given up on me. But fear not, I’ve done the necessary reporting, found the right people and am ready to fully answer all of the questions I remember being posed via e-mail, Twitter, and blog posts. Let’s get to it…
Q: I’m concerned about the situation (or lack there of) surrounding the absence of Janel McCarville from the Liberty’s roster. What the heck is going on!? She’s always been my favorite player to watch when NY comes to town, and now I’m sad to see she wont be there. ~ Hannah Kelly-Glasoe of Tacoma, WA via e-mail
A: ESPN columnist Mechelle Voepel reached McCarville’s agent and had this report as to why she, Cheryl Ford, and Deanna Nolan aren’t playing the WNBA this season. I caught up with McCarville, who provided this e-mail response.
Women’s Hoop Blog: What is your status for playing this season? The Liberty says you’re being fined for not showing on-time to training camp.
Janel McCarville: my status for this season is as everyone has seen, i am suspended for the year for failure to report to camp. and yes, i was fined 1000$ a day for not being ontime to camp. i was confident my season would end on may 6th in italy and i would be home on the 8th, and to camp on time. thing is the series went to game 5, and i wasn’t able to leave until the 13th of may, and had 24 hours of travel home. i was home at 1am on may 14th – the day i was supposed to report to camp. when i said i would need a couple days to turn it all around (unpack, relax, see the family, repack) i was informed i was still going to get fined. i understand coach wanting me to be to camp as soon as possible, but i don’t think me having zero time at home to collect myself was good for me. my mind, body n soul seemed to be dragging daily. its hard to play year round, you cannot imagine!
WHB: Do you feel there’s different rules for different players? You’re not the first to arrive late to camp.
JM: sometimes yes, but in this situation – no. anyone who was late was fined the same amount ($1,000/day). didn’t matter if you missed camp on purpose or because of our seasons overlapping from euro to wnba. in past seasons, yes, there had been leniency and understanding between coach/gm and players about when to report. maybe things didn’t go as smooth this time since neither me or coach whiz (first-year coach John Whisenant ) had ever met before.
WHB: You won the title in Italy, what was the overall experience like? And how did you celebrate?
JM: it was great. the finals went to game 5. We played against SoYoungs (San Antonio F Sophia Young) team from Taranto. we had beaten them all season long, but believe once the finals started they became a new team with a new goal and pushed us to the limits. the fans in italy are some of the most intense i have ever seen. i cannot wait to get back to italy next season to help Schio retain our titles and hope to advance further in euroleague. the addition of C.Ford will be huge, and i am looking forward to playing with a superstar like her, rather than against for all these years…
WHB: Have you been in contact with the Liberty this month?
JM: i have not. since i have been suspended i have been doing what i have wanted to do in years. enjoy a summer with my family friends and loved ones.. we work year round, and rarely get breaks long enough to satisfy us. it was a difficult decision but one that i made and have to stick with now. i will say there is no hard feelings between me and the NYL. next year when the suspension is up, i plan to be back in action with my crew! i wish the NYL and Coach Whiz all the luck in the world, and bet its gonna be hard to turn on the TV and see them playing!
WHB: Where are your whereabouts?
JM: sings ” Where in the world is Carmen SanDeago…..” 🙂
Custer, WI – 54423!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Q: What’s up? I can’t find a (Storm-Minnesota) game story on the web site, just the game thread. ~ tamaqua of Seattle via blog post
A: You can find it by clicking here. I agree, there was some great passing in the game and I like the team game. Seattle always played that way, but Lauren Jackson often stole the show. It’s great to see C Ashley Robinson play to her abilities and the defense.
Q: Well, what is Ashley’s internal age? ~ Storm fan passing by press row
A: A little background. Storm All-Star Sue Bird hosted her own online chat with my newspaper and a question was posed about her fitness. She revealed in internal age tests, she’s a teeny-bopper (13) and that A-Rob’s is “yikes,” not wanting to call the center out. Of course everyone wanted to know Robinson’s number. “She was misinforming, I’m a 12 and she’s a 13,” Robinson replied when asked.
Q: Can you mention my camp/benefit? ~ Washington assistant Adia Barnes and others
A: This is the most frequent request, which I’m happy to do. I just don’t want to leave anyone out. If you have a camp or benefit related to women’s hoops, let me know. For now, this is what’s going on around town.
— Barnes is hosting her first camp for kids ages 8-13 at Seattle Academy gym from June 27-30. Three-time MVP Lauren Jackson was slated to be a celebrity guest, but could be doubtful due to her left hip injury. Bird also may be limited because the Storm leaves Tuesday for White House visit on Wednesday and three-game road trip. UW star Kristi Kingma and Sonics legend Shawn Kemp should attend, however.
— Seattle University will host a camp for girls ages 8-17 Aug. 1-4 at the Connolly Center. This function is sponsored by Nike and led by coach Joan Bonvicini.
— West Seattle High coach Sonya Elliott will help host the Westside Basketball Camp for girls in grades third through eighth. It runs July 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant will be a speaker at the Alexander Hamilton 2011 Leaders Gala. It’s June 30 at The Ruins in Queen Anne. The gala is aimed at recognizing young leaders. Tickets are $150 to attend and you can find more information here.
Q: Do any Storm players have nicknames on their championship rings and what does Swin Cash’s mean? ~ Multiple fans, Washington
A: Cash has three dollar signs on one panel of her ring, symbolizing the three championships she’s won. It was an idea from her sister. Robinson has “A-Rob,” but said she would have been more creative if she knew it was an option. F Camille Little, F Le’coe Willingham and G Tanisha Wright have their normal last names, along with Bird and Jackson. No word on Abby Bishop, Svetlana Abrosimova, Jana Vesela, and Alison Lacey. Agler said he just has his last name and the ring is in a safe place.
Q: Will Svetlana Abrosimova return after EuroBasket play? ~ Twitter
A: Yes and no. Abrosimova’s Russian national team lost to Belarus, but defeated Vesela’s Czech Republic 69-55 in EuroBasket pool play. Abrosimova added 13 points for her country, which is 2-2. She plans to make a visit to Seattle in August, but her chances of playing this summer are unlikely. After year-round competition, she’s told Agler she may want to rest. Abrosimova is a guard, so wouldn’t be a good fit fill the void left by Jackson’s injury. Yet, Agler can add a veteran minimum salaried player this season and could make a different roster move to make Abrosimova fit.
Q: Where can I find a Storm Wheaties box? ~ Multiple fans, Washington
A: I haven’t looked myself, but I’m hearing Target stores are your best option, especially in West Seattle.
That’s the bottom of the bag. Until the next batch…