Saturday, May 16, 2009

Meet the Press

With WNBA Training Camp set to open tomorrow, it was "Media Day" yesterday for the 2009 Mystics, as players, coaches, and front office personnel posed for "glam" shots and talked with reporters.

We really enjoyed reading Mike Fratto's article (link here) in the Washington Times -- not only for its focus on how competitive training camp will be (only 11 can make the final roster), but also for what it revealed about the mindset of those involved. The quotes from new GM Angela Tayor and new Head Coach Julie Plank reinforced our perception (that we've blogged about earlier) that the franchise at last has talented professionals in place who have a plan for turning the Mystics -- in time (don't expect any single-season miracles!) -- into a successful franchise.

And the extra competiveness of training camp hasn't been lost on the players either. Example: this from Mo Currie . . .
". . . . you've got to challenge yourself. That's the way you get better. And then to know your job is on the line too, I know that will bring out a lot more in people who are just comfortable in their situation."
That's right, Mo. Don't let up and don't get too comfortable . . . there's a certain rookie who could be gaining on you!

In the Washington Post, Kathy Orton's article focuses on the decision by former Mystic Chasity Melvin to return to a team that's had little in the way of success. Chas tells Orton that Angela and Julie wooed her back to the Mystics because "I like their goals and their vision for the team."

Finally, we'd like to give a shout out to NBAE/Getty photographer Ned Dishman, who took some wonderful pics on Friday (link to photo gallery here). Our favorite is Photo No. 7. What do all those smiling players and coaches have in common? Easy question. . . the answer should be obvious!

Photo Credit: DC BasketCases


At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the roster max was cut to 11, but can anyone tell me why?


At 10:47 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Sadly, like many other businesses right now, the WNBA is trying to reduce costs.

-- BC

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do they have in common? It took me a day to ponder - they are all ACC women!!! Very cool. The ACC rocks!!!

At 5:35 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anonymous,

You are correct! All ACC. And yes, the ACC rocks! :-)

-- BC


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