Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ms. Smith Goes to Washington!

It's official!

The BasketCases are on the scene here at the Mystics' press conference in the Verizon Center, where the team has just announced what has been rumored for a very long time: the signing of free agent Katie Smith, formerly of the Detroit Shock.

In their announcement on March 3 of today's press conference, the Mystics described the then-unnamed free agent as "one of the most prestigious additions in Mystics history." And now that the mystery player has been revealed, we can safely concur with that description. Simply put, Katie -- a WNBA superstar and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist -- is one of the best players to ever set foot on the court. And while Katie may be closer to the end of her illustrious career than to the beginning, she is still a competitor, a consummate professional, and a W-I-N-N-E-R, and she will bring much-needed veteran leadership to the Mystics.

Katie is also the first "big" free agent signing in Mystics franchise history, and we hope this is a turning point in the team's ability to attract top talent who have options to play elsewhere.

Please check back with us later for a report from this evening's "meet and greet" (and perhaps some tidbits and photos from the press conference as well).

In the meantime, welcome, Katie!

Photo Credit: DC BasketCases


At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 minutes to post from a press conference. what took you so long? and, yes, welcome Katie. Glad to have you in Washington.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anonymous,

"Technical difficulties!" LOL!


At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, it did not start right at 1:00.

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

GREAT to have here her, indeed!

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great additon to the team! Welcome to Washington, Katie!

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Jeff House said...

Great sign for Angela, Julie and the Mystics! Congratulations! That backcourt is looking better everyday!



At 11:58 PM, Anonymous nsw43 said...

Katie Smith is going to make a great addition to the Mystics. She could start in a three guard set or come off the bench for Harding and/or Beard. Depending on how much she plays, she'll add 10 to 18 points a night. Can't wait for the season to start!


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