A 3x3 Lesson for the Mystics?
There's a great article in today's Washington Post about Maryland's own Alyssa Thomas being named to the USA Basketball 3x3 Team that will represent our country in next month's inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Athens. Congratulations to AT on this well-deserved honor and her first international competition!! Alyssa's teammates in Athens will be Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), and Bria Hartley (UConn). That's a pretty stellar group of players, and the BCs think they have a great chance to bring home the gold.
We confess, however, that until the recent naming of the USA Team, we weren't all that familiar with how 3x3 ball is played according to FIBA's international rules. It turns out that, just like in the schoolyard version, there's no coach. No coach! That means AT and her teammates will just have to decide amongst themselves who goes in, who guards whom, what plays to run, and when.
This got us to thinking -- what a great idea for the Mystics! Why not, for the remainder of this 2012 WNBA season, let Lang, Mo, Matee and their teammates decide who plays and when? Could they possibly do any worse than the team has done under the current coach? At the very least, you can be certain Matee won't be calling a time out when she, or one of her teammates, is driving to the basket for a layup!
A coachless Mystics team would have the added advantage of saving even more money for Sheila Johnson, Ted Leonsis, and their partners. After all, it was ostensibly to save the Mystics money that got the team to where it is today. And now, with the owners deciding to pay Andray Blatche 23 million dollars -- let's say that again, 23 million dollars -- to WALK AWAY from the Wizards, Sheila and Ted will need all the pennies they can save on the Mystics to pay Andray . . . for not playing.
Isn't it amazing . .. in 2010, they allegedly couldn't find the money to retain the most successful GM and HC in Mystics history, but now they can spend more than twice the salaries of all 12 WNBA teams combined just to rid themselves of one NBA player. Go figure.
It's still hot out; one of us is a little under the weather today; our storm-damaged car remains in the repair shop; so, yes . . .the BCs confess, we are still cranky.
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