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Posts Tagged ‘WNBA.’

NY Liberty name Laimbeer as GM, coach

 

Former NBA star Bill Laimbeer, who is 55 years old,  has returned to the WNBA as the general manager and coach of the New York Liberty.

Laimbeer replaces John Whisenant, who in two seasons as GM and coach, had a record of 34-34 and took the Liberty to playoff berths.

Bill Laimbeer (R) with Rick Mahorn & Cheryl Reeve with Detroit Shock (photo by Dave Hogg via wikipedia commons)

Laimbeer, a former star with the Detroit Pistons, led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles and was 137-93 as the team’s general manager and coach from 2002-2009.

Laimbeer, who had his uniform jersey #40 retired by the Pistons, scored 13,790 points, 10,400 rebounds, 965 blocked shots. He was a 2-time NBA Champion and 4-time All-Star.

Former Notre Dame, NBA star Woolridge dies at 52

 

Orlando Woolridge (photo courtesy of Notre Dame athletics)

Former basketball star Orlando Woolridge died on Thursday night at his parents’ home in Mansfield, Louisiana. He was 52.

Woolridge had suffered for years with a chronic heart condition and was under hospice care.

The 6’9, 215-pound center/forward played in the NBA with Chicago, New Jersey, the Lakers, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee and the Philadelphia 76ers.

One of the most-prolific dunkers in NBA history, Wooldridge played in 851 games scoring 13,623 points (16.0 ppg), grabbed 3,696 rebounds (4.3 rpg) and dished out 1,609 assists (1.9 apg).

He played his final two seasons of basketball in Italy with Benetton Treviso and Buckler Bologna.

Woolridge also coached three teams, the LA Sparks in the WNBA and two teams from the ABA.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Notre Dame, Radio & TV news

WBNA’s Chicago Sky driving towards first playoff berth in new season

 

(courtesy of Chicago Sky via wikipedia commons)

The Chicago Sky was founded in 2005 and have played on the court since the 2006 season in the WNBA.

The team has never made the playoffs. Their highest win total was 16 in 2009 and the lowest was five their first season.

The Sky have finished between 5th and 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Their head coach is Pokey Chatman and the team has made some offseason moves to improve their chances for a playoff berth.

6’6 Sylvia Fowles was already in house, but they’ve added four veterans in Le’coe Willingham, Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley and Swin Cash. That quartet have won a total of eight WNBA championships, so they know how to win.

The Sky have also added Shay Murphy, who scored 9.8 points per game last year for the Indiana Fever.

So far, the Sky is off to a good start with a 1-0 record.

Sylvia Fowles (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

LA Sparks looking to get back on winning track after two losing seasons in a row

 

Jantel Lavender, who stopped by to chat on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, is one of the Sparks' key young players (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Los Angeles Sparks used to be one of the benchmark franchises in the WNBA when it came to winning games and championships.

The franchise has won two world titles and three Western Conference titles.

But in recent years, without superstar player Lisa Leslie, the team has been dogged in losing.

Last year LA was 15-19 and two years ago, they were 13-21.

General manager Penny Toler is determined to get the franchise back into the top of the league.

This team was very active in the offseason. The Sparks hired former Atlanta Dream assistant Carol Ross to be the new head coach. Toler acquired Nicky Anosike and former WNBA All-Star guard Alana Beard and they drafted Nneka Ogwumike.

They have other top-notch talent in former Ohio State star Jantel Lavender, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Ebony Hoffman and Candace Parker.

The Sparks did lose one of their older, reliable players in Tina Thompson, who is 37, the WBNA’s all-time scoring leader. She signed with Western Conference rival, the Seattle Storm.

(courtesy of LA Sparks via wikipedia commons)

They need Parker, the league’s 2008 MVP, to stay healthy.

 

Info compiled from WNBA & Los Angeles Sparks

OSU product Prahalis has memorable pro debut in WNBA for Phoenix

 

Samantha Prahalis (courtesy of OSU)

Former Ohio State Buckeyes point guard Samantha Prahalis scored 12 points and dished out six assists in 30 minutes of action during her WNBA  debut for the Phoenix Mercury, a 105-83 loss to the defending league champions, Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis.

Wearing a new number 7 in the pros, Prahalis made 4 of 7 shots from the field, 3 of 6 three-pointers, two rebounds, a steal and four turnovers.

 

 

Info courtesy of the WNBA & Phoenix Mercury

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