Monday, May 11, 2009

Mystics Waive Coco Miller

We've just learned from a Mystics email that the team has waived Coco Miller. It's clear from the message, sent by GM Angela Taylor, that this personnel move was a difficult one to make. Here's what it said:

Hey Mystics Fans,

Before the official press release goes out, I wanted to let you all know that we have opted to waive Coco Miller today. Due in large part to what a wonderful young woman Coco is and how much we appreciated her tireless work ethic and competitive drive, this was truly a difficult decision. I have been around the league for a long time and I can unequivocally say that Coco is one of the most professional and respected players in the league. Because of her professionalism and commitment to "team", she has earned the respect of her teammates, coaches, fans, and peers around the league.

As we look to compete against the best teams across the league, we are committed to building a balanced roster with depth at every position, and right now we are extremely excited about our perimeter depth. That being said, with an eleven player roster (and after drafting Marissa Coleman in the 2009 college draft as well as selecting Matee Ajavon in the dispersal draft), we felt that we needed to use a roster spot in training camp to take a look at another post player.

I'd like to personally thank Coco for everything that she has done for this organization throughout her eight years in DC. In my short time with the Mystics organization, I have quickly realized how much you all have grown fond of Coco and how you have appreciated her intensity and commitment to the organization, so please join us in wishing her the best as she continues her professional career.

Only 6 days until training camp opens!

Go Mystics,

Coco has always been one of the Basketcases' all-time favorite Mystics players. You couldn't ask for anyone who was a harder worker or a nicer person. We will really miss her and sincerely hope she finds a new home somewhere in the WNBA this season.

As for that "post player" that Angela will be looking at . . . . Perhaps the Mystics will be completing our rhyme: "Someone old, someone new, someone borrowed, someone . . . Schu?" Guess we'll know soon enough.

UPDATE: As we were drafting the above post, the Mystics issued a press release announcing the signing of Kelly Schumacher.

Photo Credit: DC BasketCases


At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Thanks for the great years you gave us, Coco! We'll miss you!

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous BetsyinDC said...

There were long stretches when Coco was the only one who was hustling on every play, chasing every ball, and braking a sweat for the team. Coco, we'll miss you VERY MUCH!

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be honest-Coco was up and down for me. Yes, she always hustled and played hard, but sometimes she looked tentative and lost out there. Of course, she had so many coaches and so many schemes, sometimes more than one in one season, so, you know - she really hung in there. I too, wish her all the best - and thanks too.


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