Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sadly, It's Official

A few minutes ago, the Mystics posted this statement from Sheila Johnson on their web site. This is Dr. J's statement, in its entirety:

Angela Taylor's contract has expired and we were not able to reach an agreement on a new deal to retain her as general manager of the Washington Mystics. We thank Angela for all of her hard work on behalf of the Mystics and wish her well in her future endeavors.”
The BCs are utterly depressed over this news. We don't know why contract negotiations broke down, but we are bereft at the loss of the most talented GM the franchise has ever had, gone after only two seasons. We had hoped the revolving door of Mystics management and coaches was a thing of the past, but this shocking and unfortunate news just dredges up unwelcome emotions.

We are still processing this and don't even know what to say, except that we are so grateful to Angela for the amazing job she did turning this team around in such a short time. We like her, respect her, and know that she's incredibly talented. We don't know what's next for Angela, but we are confident that she'll be successful at it. We just wish she were still here.


At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Lacey said...

I thought she was signed originally for 5 years. That must have just been Julie. I'm so sorry that she is gone. Best of luck to you Angela, but please do not go to anyone in the East. Thank you for all you did for the Mystics.

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sick over this. If it's true that they could not come to an agreement, it seems likely that there was a third party involved making a better offer. She'll be the Liberty GM. Book it. Just sick.

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katie Carrera, Washington Post, November 7, 2008: The organization made "a commitment to [Plank and Taylor] and to our fans that they're going to have the opportunity and the time to be successful," Bibb said. "We're going to put an emphasis on youth and player development. . . . I'm aware that this organization has a history of losing and I'm aware that this organization has a history of inconsistency. . . . By hiring Angela and hiring Julie we're going to address both of them. We're building for the long term."

Or not.

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing to happen to the Mystics in the history of the franchise just walked out our door. Best of luck to you Angela though you won't need it!

At 7:18 PM, Blogger xwomynjoc said...

I didn't know this untill just now. Dang, dang, dang.
I was scratching my head the last couple days when she changed her twitter name but didn't think this would be the reason.
Thanks for all you've done for the Mystics, Angela. Sorry you're leaving so soon.

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't understand how they could let her walk away. Success brings in money to the franchise. I, for one, came to many games this year because they were winning. I am dissapointed in Sheila Johnson and Ted. Let's hope julie plank doesn't jump ship.

Best of luck Angela Taylor. I know you have many years of success ahead of you.


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