Wednesday, May 20, 2009

No Shortcuts.

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 (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.


At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the games this season be on regular radio? Or will they be webcast only?

At 5:45 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

To the best of our knowledge, the Mystics haven't announced any new radio contract (nor are there any radio listings posted on their official schedule), so we believe that, as was the case last year, the only audio broadcasts will be over the Internet. But there will also be a number of games that can be seen (as well as heard) this summer through live video webcasts.

-- BC

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coleman should get that starting spot by the end of the least I hope she does. lol

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

The more I read, the more I feel good about the upcoming season. I think Plank and Taylor represent the desperately-needed kick-start for this franchise. Some exciting things are coming. I can feel it!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Everett W. said...

Truth be known, I wonder if there will even be an audio call. With almost every game to be vidstreamed, will Hanrahan be seen as a redundancy?


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