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September 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM
UPDATE: According to multiple sources, former Storm camp invitee Samantha MacKay was treated for injuries and released Sunday. Another source with Northwestern said C Daniella Diamant was not with the team, receiving clearance to attend her grandfather Jerry Tarkanian’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame this weekend.
Prior to Seattle’s 75-60 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, the team heard news of former training camp invitee, PG Sam MacKay, being involved in a auto accident in Hungary. MacKay had just joined the Uni Gyor Hungarian club. But, according to news reports and the Storm, she suffered two cracked vertebrae while her team’s manager Peter Tapodi and head coach Fuzy Akos were reported dead.
Among teammates injured was Daniella Diamant, a standout Northwestern graduate and granddaughter of legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian. Tarkanian, 82, is being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Storm coach and GM Brian Agler was receiving updates from MacKay’s former high school coach, who also coached Agler’s daughter.
“What we’ve heard is she broke the third and fourth (vertebrae),” Agler said of MacKay. “Most of the players were hospitalized and the manager and head coach were killed. From what I understand, it was a situation where the bus driver was trying to avoid a head-on collision with a car that came over in their path.”
August 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM
In a Storm season sans All-Stars Lauren Jackson (hamstring) and Sue Bird (knee), it turns out consistency and not talent is Seattle’s biggest question mark. Co-captains Tanisha Wright and Camille Little solidified an entertaining inside-outside bond in 2010. Tina Thompson is a living legend and Temeka Johnson is among the best PGs in the WNBA.
So, talent is there. Even reserves Tianna Hawkins, a 2013 first-round draft pick, Noelle Quinn, Ashley Robinson and Alysha Clark are respected in the league. But consistency among the group has been as elusive as championships. The weekend’s polarized games between San Antonio are a prime example, losing badly on Friday only to execute one of the Storm’s better games in a win on Sunday.
“Obviously that’s the goal, to try to be consistent,” Little said. “To me, even (Sunday’s win) wasn’t consistent. We played really well in the first half and let them back in in the second half and gave them some confidence and it became a game, again. We have to be able to carry over. We have some practice time (now) and hopefully we’ll be able to get into a good groove.”
Since the WNBA All-Star break, Seattle is 3-2 overall and appears to have the needed backup it’ll need for a true playoff push. It’s not even unrealistic to believe Seattle (10-12) could leapfrog Phoenix (12-11) to snag a coveted No. 3 seed. Based on Monday’s standings, that would be a first-round matchup against Los Angeles (16-7) — a better route to reaching the Western Conference finals.
Uhn? Exactly. But it can only happen with a solid bench.
August 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM
Sanford, a 11-year veteran, was cut July 18 before WNBA contracts became guaranteed. Agler signed her to two seven-day contracts, keeping a financial option open to sign a better player.
After signing the second on Sunday, Sanford left for her home in Atlanta.
“She just didn’t prefer seven-day contracts,” Agler said. “It was a mutual agreement. We can’t demand that she does anything. She’s a great person and was very professional about it. She looks at her situation as a business as we have to, too.”
Sanford, 37, will be paid for the full week. Agler said the team will sign a 10th player despite not even finding one to replace Sanford the past month.
Agler signed Sanford in the offseason to help fill a void left by international star posts Ann Wauters (Belgium) and Lauren Jackson (Australia). Wauters opted not to return in order to spend time with her young family while Jackson, a three-time MVP, underwent hamstring surgery in January.
June 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Storm coach Brian Agler has had a successful career in Seattle since being hired in 2008, winning a WNBA championship in 2010 and collecting a solid run when the team won a franchise-record 18 straight home games from 2010-11. In 2011, Agler past former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor to became the coaches’ all-time leader in wins in American women’s professional basketball with 229 through Sunday’s overtime victory at KeyArena against Washington. Agler had 72 wins in the defunct ABL and has 157 in the WNBA.
For that, and many more achievements, he’ll be inducted into his native Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.
“I would have loved to (play for Brian here),” three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson said recently of Agler being considered to coach her Australian national team through the 2016 Olympic Games. “He’s probably the best coach I’ve played under.”
Here’s the official release:
Brian Agler to be Inducted to Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame
2010 WNBA Coach of the Year Will Be Honored in 2014 Ceremony
SEATTLE – Brian Agler, the all-time winningest coach in women’s professional basketball, will be inducted to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.
“I feel very honored to be nominated for induction into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, which already includes many great individuals and teams from my home state,” Agler said. “I have had great fortune to have played for, played with and coached great basketball people that have impacted this recognition and because of that, I am very appreciative.”
May 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM
The Storm made its final cut on Thursday to reach the WNBA-mandated 11-player roster. Second-round draft pick Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State) was waived in favor of rookie Cierra Bravard, a 6-foot-4 former Florida State forward. Seattle will play with a 10-player rotation, however, because PG Sue Bird counts as the 11th spot despite being out the 2013 season to rehabilitate from knee surgery.
“It was a hard decision because we think a lot of Chelsea, she had a great training camp,” Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler said. “She was the type of player we thought she’d be, but we felt we had several players on our team like her and we needed a little bit more size at the rim at this moment.”
Missing three-time MVP Lauren Jackson (hamstring) inside, Agler won’t cement his Thursday decision. He’ll move veteran Tina Thompson back inside where she’s made her name as the game’s all-time leader in points scored. Last season Thompson played on the wing and off the bench. The adjustment gives the Storm lineup five guards and five post players. But as the season progresses, Agler and his staff could choose to return former players like Polish C Ewelina Kobryn or make trades.
“There are some intriguing players out there,” Agler said. “But we’ve worked with this group for a period of time and we’ll let this develop for a few days or weeks and see how it goes.”
May 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Caught up with Storm All-Star C Lauren Jackson (way) early Tuesday morning to get her thoughts about the WNBA season without her and Sue Bird due to injuries. More from the interview (and a chat with Bird) later, but Jackson did give some insights to what would be a successful season for the Storm considering all of the changes. None of ESPN’s prognosticators have Seattle advancing for a WNBA-record 10th playoff appearance and league general managers pretty much feel the same, only giving Seattle a nod for its staple fan support and coach Brian Agler’s strategies the final two minutes of a tight game.
“Obviously a successful season is dictated by wins and losses,” Jackson said. “But when teams are rebuilding or dealing with injuries, you’ve just got to get your players better and stronger and ready. You never know what can happen. Stranger things have happened. The girls could come out and win every game, you never know. Chemistry is a really important thing. I’ve played sport long enough to know you can’t really rule anybody out.”
Maybe, but here’s a release of what the league’s GMs think. The full tally can be found on the WNBA’s website:
2013 WNBA.COM GM SURVEY TAPS PHOENIX MERCURY TO WIN TITLE
– L.A. Sparks’ Candace Parker Picked to Win MVP Honors –
– Seattle Fans Again Provide Storm Best Home-Court Advantage –
– Minnesota Lynx Selected as Team that’s Most Fun to Watch –
May 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM
FINAL STRETCH: Seattle is up 39-37 headed into the final quarter. Little and Thompson has eight points apiece. Seattle is shooting and icy 26.9 percent from the field. I’m out to focus on the daily story. Check our Saturday paper for the final wrap.
A FIRST: The Shock were awarded the first defensive three-second violation at KeyArena. Wright made the FT on the technical foul to put Seattle up 38-32. MacKay checked in with 2:46 on the clock, making her first appearance in the game.
NEW LINEUP: The second half is underway with Quinn, Johnson, and Little starting alongside Sanford and Strick. Seattle is up 32-25 with 7:12 on the clock.
SWAG: In her second year, you can see the confident swagger in Strick, the 2012 No. 2 overall pick. She played a season in Turkey, which helped her play. Knowing her teammates has also helped her look good in the exhibition game. She has three points and six boards in 16 minutes. Little and Hawkins have six points apiece to lead the Seattle scoring. Glory Johnson has game-highs in points (10) and rebounds (10). The Storm is up 28-25 at the break.
May 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM
There’s not much faith in the Storm sans All-Stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird – if you believe the Seattle Times’ unscientific poll. Both are out this season due to injuries, the first since 2002 that at least one wasn’t in the Storm’s lineup. More than 60 percent of a small sampling of readers voted the team will have a losing season and miss the playoffs for the first time in a WNBA-record nine seasons.
No doubt the Western Conference will be tough with the addition of No. 1 overall draft pick Brittney Griner, who I hear has already found a reason to dunk five times in the opening day of Phoenix’s training camp practice Monday. But the Storm having a losing season and no trip to the postseason where four of the six teams in the conference advance anyway? Ouch. And some must have forgotten a losing record hasn’t kept a team from advancing to the postseason in the past. Seattle (16-18) and New York (15-19) achieved the dubious feat in 2012, losing in the first-round.
Vote your early thoughts below:
March 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Storm PG Sue Bird announced this week she’ll undergo left knee surgery to remove a cyst beneath her knee cap. The procedure is set for May 9 and will cause the All-Star to miss the 2013 WNBA season. Bird already had surgery on her left hip in October 2012.
Bird, 32, will return to Seattle shortly after surgery to complete rehabilitation and be part of the team. Her guaranteed base salary of $107,500 counts toward the Storm’s maximum $913,000 salary cap. Brian Agler, the Storm’s general manager and coach, signed veteran Temeka Johnson to help fill Bird’s position while returning G Tanisha Wright can also handle running the offense.
But Seattle is also without three-time MVP Lauren Jackson (hamstring) and her intended fill-in Ann Wauters (family), whose contracts do not count against the cap. It’s the first time since the Storm’s inception in 2000 that it played without Jackson or Bird, back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks in 2001 and 2002.
Bird communicated via her agent about needing to undergo surgery. Here are her Q&A responses.
Q: Are you still in Russia traveling with UMMC Ekaterinburg playing right now?
Bird: Yes, right now I’m in Russia helping my team prepare for the EuroLeague final 8. As I’m sure you know I’m not playing in that but will resume play once the Russian League starts up again.
Q: Lauren mentioned speaking with you before she opted to have surgery, did you share your situation with her?
Bird: Once I knew surgery was the definite option Lauren was one of the first people I told.
March 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Storm All-Star Sue Bird will undergo right knee surgery to remove a cyst, the team announced on Tuesday. She will miss the 2013 season but complete the approximate six-month rehabilitation process in Seattle and attend Storm games.
The cyst was discovered by Dr. Michael Joyce, her physician at the University of Connecticut, prior to Bird’s departure for Russia. Because Bird is not currently experiencing any pain in her right knee, she will continue her overseas commitment with UMMC Ekaterinburg. A surgery date has not been set.
Here’s the full release from the Storm:
SEATTLE, March 12, 2013 – Point guard Sue Bird will undergo surgery on her right knee this spring and will miss the 2013 WNBA season, Seattle Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler announced today.
Bird, who completed her 11th season with the Storm last year, will have surgery to address a cyst that was discovered at the end of 2012. The decision to move forward with surgery was decided recently and although a specific date for surgery has not been announced, the estimated rehabilitation is six months. Following the initial recovery time, Bird will spend the summer in Seattle with her Storm teammates.
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