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February 18, 2013 Updates

No one ever doubted his talent for this. Check out how many Laimbeer videos there are on YouTube, and then count how many are tagged with "fight," "flop," "cheap shot" or "hard foul." Spoiler alert: The answers are "3,700" and "more than half." And a large number involve him getting punched in the face by a 1980s wing of the Hall of Fame: Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, et al. Oh, and Isiah Thomas, if we’re including practices. There should be some kind of medal for that. "The Bad Boys moniker will live forever," Laimbeer said triumphantly. "You see they’re now doing a documentary on those Pistons teams? It was our identity, and we’re proud of it. But no, there’s no medal for getting punched. The real badge of honor is the championship." Newark Star-Ledger

October 26, 2012 Updates

Former Detroit Pistons' great Bill Laimbeer has returned to the head coaching ranks. It's just not in the league he was hoping to do it in. Laimbeer, who helped the Pistons win back-to-back NBA championships in 1989-90, was named head coach and general manager of the WNBA's New York Liberty Thursday. Laimbeer is no stranger to the WNBA. He coached the Detroit Shock from 2002-09 before leaving the club to become an assistant coach with the Minneosta Timberwolves. Booth Newspapers

October 16, 2012 Updates

Understandably, Augustus wants to be married in Minnesota where she now lives and where Varner is from. She helped bring the state a championship last year, and her Lynx are in the WNBA Finals right now against the Indiana Fever. "I'm hoping that it passes 'cause then we're able to have a nice wedding here and actually be able to legally do it here instead of having to go a few hours away to Iowa or somewhere like that to have it done," Augustus said. "You want to be able to do it in a city that, for one, has embraced me and been like my second home and is her home -- this is where she's from — to be able to share a special moment in Minnesota history." USA Today

October 3, 2012 Updates

So naturally, our conversation briefly shifted to women's basketball: with the Lacob family and Weyermann now working together as part of an organization that just bought into both the NBA and the D-League, how much interest is there in getting back into women's basketball and bringing a WNBA team back to the Northern California? "Well, I don't know what I'm allowed to say and what I really should say, but to be clear [Weyermann] is a president of the Santa Cruz Warriors but his overarching title is Vice President of New Franchise Development - that's his full title," Kirk Lacob responded when asked about the possibility of the organization bringing the WNBA to the Bay Area. "So he might be president of this team, but for the Warriors he still has a title: he's the Vice President of New Franchise Development. His job is to help us with any new projects that happen." For WNBA Fans

May 20, 2012 Updates
July 24, 2011 Updates

There were the record number of first-time WNBA All-Stars, and a halftime ceremony honoring the best players in WNBA history. Indiana Fever guard Katie Douglas didn’t fit into either category. So she made her mark another way. The four-time All-Star capped one of the closest WNBA midseason showcases ever by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.7 seconds left, and the Eastern Conference hung on for just its third All-Star game victory over the West, 118-113 on Saturday. “We got together during practice and the first thing we said was that we wanted to win,” said New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter, who led the East with 17 points. “Alongside of having fun we wanted to be victorious today and we accomplished that. Good job.” Washington Times


The WNBA celebrated its 15 years by naming its all-15-year team, and the usual names made the cut: Leslie, T-Spoon, Staley, Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes among them. The idea of a pro women's league was considered a reach back in 1997, and the WNBA has fought to scrape up enough sponsors and crowds and TV revenue ever since. And yet, there are visible signs of progress today: The TV contract with ESPN runs four more years, a handful of franchises are owned independent of the NBA, and Moore endorses the Jordan Brand of Nike, which is usually reserved for A-list male sports stars. NBA.com

July 11, 2011 Updates

The Los Angeles Sparks have dismissed Jennifer Gillom as coach and replaced her with Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, the father of Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant who previously coached the WNBA team. General manager Penny Toler announced the move Sunday night, saying it was necessary to take the team in a different direction. "Joe's familiarity with the Sparks organization puts us in the best possible position to compete going forward, and should make for a seamless transition," Toler said in a statement released by the team. "We respect Jennifer's commitment to the Sparks and understand she has faced adversity with player injuries during her tenure. That being said, with a short season and playing in the competitive Western Conference, winning games early in the year is critical and the Sparks' goal remains to contend for a WNBA championship." ESPN.com

July 5, 2011 Updates
May 27, 2011 Updates

Former WNBA player Margo Dydek has died after suffering a heart attack a week ago and being placed in a medically induced coma. Cathy Roberts, the operations manager for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Dydek was head coach, told The Associated Press that Dydek, 37, died early Friday. SI.com

I know that might sound trite or disingenuous. The Women's National Basketball Association isn't everyone's favorite sport. But I liked it. Not so much because of the basketball. It was slower and sloppier than the NBA game. But the players were happy to have jobs and almost unfailingly polite. It wasn't the same as the grind of the NBA, where some players have a hard time hiding their dislike for the media and fans. Dydek, who spoke several languages, always seemed friendly and soft spoken. She got suspended for throwing elbows when she played in Salt Lake, but it never seemed malicious. When everyone else's face is even with your elbows, collisions happen. Deseret News

She carried her 7-foot-2 frame quite gracefully, though she drew stares of astonishment whenever she went out in public. Seven-foot men will draw stares, but a 7-foot woman with an 85-inch wingspan is something else. Yet she humbly drove a Chevy Cavalier when she was with the Starzz. She always seemed to take the stares with good nature and was friendly with fans and generous with her autographs. In fact, she sometimes got in trouble with the public relations staff for agreeing to make appearances without checking with the team. Occasionally she would get double-booked. Deseret News

May 19, 2011 Updates

After making NCAA history with a 90-game winning streak at the University of Connecticut, Maya Moore is at it again. After being selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the top pick in last month's WNBA Draft, Moore has signed an endorsement deal with Jordan Brand. She is the first female athlete to be endorsed by Jordan. "I am thrilled to welcome Maya Moore into the Jordan Brand," Michael Jordan said in a statement. "Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level." HoopsWorld

February 28, 2011 Updates

Manchester is to host the USA’s men’s and women’s national teams ahead of the Olympics next year, and an NBA pre-season game in 2013. But first up, a WNBA exhibition game in May. The friendly between the Atlanta Dream and an unconfirmed opponent – potentially Great Britain’s women – will be held at the MEN Arena on May 29, the first time the 20,500-capacity venue has hosted professional basketball since the demise of the Manchester Giants in 2000. The Dream – who reached the WNBA Finals last year – will be taking part in the women’s league’s second-ever excursion outside the USA. If they accept the tie, GB would use the meeting as an additional warm-up fixture ahead of the Eurobasket finals in Poland. MVP 24/7

September 3, 2010 Updates

Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson became the third WNBA player to be selected Most Valuable Player three different times, while her coach, Brian Agler, was chosen Coach of the Year, the league announced Thursday. Jackson, a 6-foot-5 center from Australia, outdistanced Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter to join Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes as three-time MVP recipients. Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, the 2009 MVP, finished fourth while Washington Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne finished fifth. FanHouse.com

July 8, 2010 Updates

The Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker has the top-selling jersey in the WNBA, the league announced late Thursday. Parker has held the distinction of having the top-selling jersey since October 2008. Former Sparks player Lisa Leslie had the third-highest sales figures, the league said. Los Angeles Business Journals

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