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WNBA’s Tulsa Shock try to shake off 3-31 record from last year


(courtesy of Tulsa Shock via wikipedia commons)

When the Tulsa Shock were the Detroit Shock, winning was not a problem.

They were WNBA champions three times and Conference champions four times.

Then they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2010, and the winning has become tougher.

The Shock were 6-28 in 2010, 3-31 in 2011 and finished sixth in the Western Conference.

The 2011 season saw Tulsa go through two coaches, Nolan Richardson and Teresa Edwards.

The 2012 season is upon us and the team is trying to shake-off the worst record in pro basketball history in the United States.

The Shock has a revamped offense with guard Temeka Johnson and 6’8 Australian Liz Cambage, who is 20 years old.

They will be without leading scorer Tiffany Jackson, who is pregnant. They also own the rights to Deana Nolan, who is taking time off from basketball, but has not played since 2009. sources say she does not want to play in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The new head coach is Gary Kloppenberg, a former assistant coach with the Indiana Fever.

Bok Center home of the Shock (photo by Okiefromokia via wikipedia commons)

So far this season, Tulsa is 0-1.


Info compiled from the WNBA & the Tulsa Shock

Marion Jones waived by Tulsa Shock


Marion Jones (file photo)

The Tulsa Shock of the WNBA, ended their relationship with former track star Marion Jones on Thursday. The action was needed to make room for former Oklahoma Sooners standout Abi Olajuwon.

Former Shock head coach Nolan Richardson gave the 35-year-old Jones a chance to play pro basketball when he offered a chance when her prison sentence had ended.

Jones took advantage of the opportunity and showed some signs of her talents from the days when she played for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. During her rookie season, she played in 34 games, averaging 3.4 points and 9.4 minutes per game.

This season, Jones basically was a non-factor as the Shock continued to lose games and Richardson’s reluctance to play his starters for most of the game. She averaged less than a point per game in just 14 games.

The Shock were getting hammered on the boards this season and outscored around the rim and they had no choice but to bring in Abi Olajuwon, the daughter of former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon. Along with rookie star Elizabeth Cambage, Olajuwon will give the Shock a nice inside combo.





Info compiled from the Tulsa Shock

Shock in Tulsa! Richardson resigns, Edwards takes over


Nolan Richardson has resigned as coach and general manager of the WNBA’s worst team at 1-10, the Tulsa Shock. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Teresa Edwards.

David Box, one of the owners of the team, says that Richardson stepped down after going just 7-38 in just over a season at the helm. In his final game, Tulsa lost to Phoenix, 86-78.

Richardson was lured out of retirement to coach women’s basketball for the first time, in the city where he build a productive men’s program at the University of Tulsa.

The Shock were the former Detroit franchise, but most of the top players did not want to move from Michigan to Oklahoma.

Edwards, who is an Olympic gold medalist who is going into the basketball hall of fame in August, made her debut on Sunday in a rematch with Phoenix.

She’ll be the coach for the rest of the season.


Info compiled from the Tulsa Shock & WNBA news

Anderson moves from Missouri to take Arkansas job

Mike Anderson (courtesy of Missouri athletics)

Mike Anderson is returning home to Arkansas to become the new men’s basketball coach.

Anderson leaves the Missouri Tigers program that he revived five years ago to return to the school where he was an assistant to Nolan Richardson for 17 seasons. He takes the place of John Pelphrey, who was fired 11 days ago on March 13.

Anderson, who also revived the basketball program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, was 111-57 at Missouri, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2009. The Tigers were 23-11 this year, losing to Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Anderson assured Missouri fans that he was going to stay put just six days earlier when rumors surfaced that he was the favorite to take the Razorbacks job.

Since the popular Nolan Richardson left in 2002, Stan Heath and John Pelphrey have not made Arkansas fans have with their double-digit losses in the Southeastern Conference.

compiled from Arkansas athletics news

Marion Jones signs to play for WBNA’s Tulsa Shock

Team president Steve Swetoha, Marion Jones and coach Nolan Richardson (Shock)

Marion Jones shoots while coach Nolan Richardson watches (TWSE)

Wednesday, former sprinter Marion Jones, came out of seclusion to launch a new career after losing five Olympic medals for using steroids and doing jail time for lying to federal prosecutors.

Jones was a star at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, but admitted in 2008 that she had taken steroids and was stripped of her medals, including 3 golds.

Her federal prison term stemmed from lying to federal prosecutors about doping and her role in a check fraud scam.

She signed a contract with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock on Wednesday saying that playing in Tulsa is not about her past transgressions but about fulfilling dreams of playing with and against some of the world’s best players.

Most people tend to forget that Marion Jones first came on the scene as a college basketball player. Before becoming known as the world’s fastest woman, she was the starting point guard on North Carolina’s national championship team in 1994. Jones was drafted bythe Phoenix Mercury in 2003 but never played in the WNBA.


The 34-year-old Jones joined the Shock organization four days after working out for general manager and coach Nolan Richardson. Her contract is for one-year and no financial terms were disclosed.

Jones said that she started thinking about this venture 10 months ago. ” I realize the game has changed so much since the last time I played. That makes it even more of a challenge for me,” she said.

Jones will join a Shock team that is a work in progress since moving from Detroit, Michigan. All-Star players Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith had agreed to contract extensions, but might not be with team when the season starts in May.

Coach Richardson says that Nolan has indicated she wants to skip the 2010 season to rest instead of  relocating to Tulsa. And former Ohio State star Katie Smith, a six-time All-Star, has said shw won’t play in Tulsa and is a free agent.

Another unknown is how well will the Shock draw as the city’s only major sports team. Tulsa has a population of

592,000 and it’s the second-smallest city in the WNBA, behind Uncasville, Connecticut, home of the Connecticut Sun.

The Shock will play at the beautful 18,000-seat BOK Center in the downtown area. The team overall has been successful as the Detroit Shock since its 1998 debut has won titles in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

Nolan Richardson, who as a head college basketball coach began at the University of Tulsa, says that his research indicates the Tulsa Shock will draw fans. Richardson led Arkansas to the men’s NCAA championship the same year Marion Jones won the title at North Carolina, will bring his “Hell Style” of basketball to the WNBA.

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