From the Storm: Lauren Jackson to Miss 2014 Storm Season Jackson to rehab right knee, left Achilles SEATTLE – Following Monday’s surgery on Lauren Jackson’s right knee and left Achilles, the Seattle Storm and Jackson have announced that she will not return to Seattle for the 2014 Storm season. “I’m so sad that I can’t play this year…More
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FOX cut from the Seahawks’ domination of Super Bowl XLVIII to show images of its interpretation of the city’s only other champion — the 1979 Sonics — and a nerve was pricked, again. Storm fans, leading executive Karen Bryant and WNBA three-time MVP Lauren Jackson (who watched the game from China where she’s currently…More
Longtime Storm executive Karen Bryant resigned on Friday. The team is searching for a replacement for when her term ends at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
“I feel that now is the right time to step away from the Storm,” Bryant said in a released statement. “I am so proud of all that we have accomplished the past 14 seasons. Right now, I am focused and excited about the upcoming celebration of the Storm’s 15th anniversary season.”
Bryant, 46, was the team’s first employee when Seattle was awarded a franchise in 1999. She previously was part of the defunct Seattle Reign, helping the city transition from harsh perceptions about the WNBA and its possible involvement in the dissolving of the ABL in December 1998.
A native of Edmonds who currently resides in Leschi, Bryant used her Washington roots to build the Storm into one on the league’s ideal franchises with a passionate fan base and perennial All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson who led Seattle to two WNBA championships (2004, 2010). The Storm advanced to a WNBA-record 10th playoff appearance in 2013, losing in the opening round to the eventual champion Minnesota.
Bryant led the Storm through four ownership groups, three coaches, two championships and one split from the NBA when the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.
News of Bryant’s departure comes at a tenuous time for the WNBA. On Thursday, Los Angeles Sparks chairman Paula Madison announced her family-owned company could no longer be involved with the charter franchise. NBA commissioner David Stern, who initiated the birth of the league, is retiring in February and the CBA expired in September.More
The Storm signed veteran guards Temeka Johnson and Noelle Quinn to its training camp roster on Thursday. No, not exactly what many may have had in mind as a free agency announcement following news that centers Lauren Jackson and Ann Wauters will not return for the 2013 season. But Johnson, who’s 5…More
The first female coach to win a WNBA championship as leader of the Seattle Storm, Anne Donovan was formally announced as the new Connecticut Sun coach Thursday. Donovan is currently the head coach at Seton Hall and will resign at the conclusion of the college season.
The Pirates are 5-8 this season and 2-30 overall in Big East play since Donovan took the position in 2010.
Donovan replaces Mike Thibault at Connecticut. He coached the Sun for 10 seasons and in a unique twist, Donovan’s Storm defeated Thibault’s Sun for the 2004 WNBA title.
“This was a pretty rapid process, it’s only been in the last couple of weeks that we’ve spoken several times and reached an agreement,” said Donovan at press conference Thursday that was streamed live on YouTube. She’s currently one of five female coaches in the WNBA.
“I am really excited to join the Connecticut Sun,” she said.
Donovan was hired by Seattle in 2003. She made risky offseason moves in free-agency to form a championship team in 2004. However the roster, which included stars Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Finals MVP Betty Lennox, began to deteriorate after the title. Donovan abruptly resigned via email in November 2007. She had one year remaining on her contract, prohibiting her from coaching elsewhere in the WNBA in 2008.More
Lisa Brummel, co-owner of the Storm and top executive at Microsoft, was named part of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. The ceremonial banquet is in April. Brummel was a four-sport athlete at Yale who led the basketball team to an Ivy League championship its 1978-79 season. She won another Ivy League…More