After 4 days of training camp, the Mystics are about to face their first non-Mystics competition. The team "Amtraked" to NYC today following their morning practice. And tomorrow morning (Thursday) they will play a
scrimmage preseason game against the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden at 11 AM.
Though the Mystics' nominal opponent may be the Liberty, Katie Carrera's article
posted this evening on WashingtonPost.com (which also includes a great
video interview with Marissa Coleman
) confirms that several of the Mystics players are actually
battling their own
training camp teammates either for a roster spot or a starting position on this season's team.
Katie also confirms that this year's camp is quite a bit more demanding than summer camps of the past.
"It's a complete 180-degree difference from last year to this year," said Monique Currie, who will compete against rookie Marissa Coleman for playing time. "From the way things are run and operated but just the demands this staff has for us every day. To step on every line, finish every drill, we can't get away with short cuts."
No shortcuts, more competition . . . all good.
(Speaking of "No Shortcuts" . . . Ed Viesturs is a pretty interesting guy, and his book is well worth adding to your summer reading list.)
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Thursday Morning Update
. . . Mike Fratto
of the Washington Times also checks in
from the Mystics' training camp.