While Storm fans are scurrying around Seattle in a Sue Bird bobblehead hunt, some are wondering what they’re going to do with a fourth bobbling image of the Olympic star.
The Storm has branched out to make images of inaugural coach Lin Dunn and All-Star Swin Cash, but there’s one oversight I didn’t think many cared about until receiving an email this week: G Tanisha Wright.
“It’s getting to be bobblehead time again and I’m really not looking forward to my 4th set of Sue and Lauren (Jackson) bobbleheads,” wrote Susan Dyer on Thursday. She’s a founding fan, a season-ticket holder since 2000. “Yes, they are great stars and they receive a lot of acclaim–all stars, Olympics etc. It just seems to me that it is time to recognize Tanisha (the heart and soul of the team according to Coach Agler in a Seattle Times article).”
I thought this would be the season for Wright, who was drafted by the Storm in 2005 and grew to be Bird’s cohort in the backcourt since coach Brian Agler’s arrival in 2008. Wright re-signed with the team this past offseason, inking a three-year deal. In fact, to this date Wright is the most successful Storm draft pick the team has retained behind Bird and Jackson. (We’ll see what happens with rookie Shekinna Stricklen, the No. 2 overall pick, in the future.)
And Wright, who’s only missed three games in her career, played in her 250th matchup on Sunday. All were for Seattle, which makes Wright the 21st player in WNBA history to share that link with one team.
So, where’s her bobblehead? Is it because the organization can’t decide on a fitting hairstyle? Jackson has a red and a blond version, you know. Plus even Sonics F Chris Wilcox got a bobblehead. He played in Seattle for three seasons before you know who moved the team you know where. Three seasons.
Wright, 28, is a staple, fan growing to lover her ability to create buckets in need and shutdown opponent’s best players. She’s averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 assists this season and isn’t the only player taking root in Seattle.
“(What about) Camille (Little), the fabric of the team according to Agler, for (her) hard work, consistency, and achievement?” Dyer writes of another player who re-signed with Seattle in 2011 and has stated publicly she doesn’t want to play anywhere else in the WNBA. “I’d love to be getting bobbleheads for them. I’ve mentioned this to Storm staff. I don’t have a lot of hope. I’ll probably be clearing shelf space for my 5th Sue and Lauren next year!”
On the 2012 Storm schedule, Bird’s bobblehead giveaway on Sunday and Jackson’s on Aug. 18 are the only listed. A Wright version, or Little or Agler aren’t planned to date, do you care?
As for the team, they’re en route to Los Angeles for a game Saturday at 7pm. Centers Ann Wauters (Achilles) and Ewelina Kobryn (hamstring) were limited in practice this week and are game-time decisions to play.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Tanisha Wright drives to the hoop by WNBA/Getty images.