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April 23, 2015 Updates

Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in suburban Phoenix. The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests Wednesday and later released. Agents for the players did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Officers arrested Griner and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, after a fight between the couple turned physical, Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis said. No weapons were involved, and neither woman required hospital care for their minor injuries, Kutis said. Boston Herald

April 11, 2015 Updates
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Rick Welts: But going backwards, I would say maybe the most personally gratifying was the launch of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). It was something that I think was clearly the right thing at the right time. I’m proud that the leadership of our league was willing to take that on as a very special project for those of us who were working there who really felt the time had come for a major women’s professional basketball league that had all of the financial and organizational support that the WNBA had when it got started. Here we are [19 years later], so its been so much fun to watch. I got to be part of a couple championship seasons with the Phoenix Mercury when I was in Phoenix with the Sun’s organization, which was really a very special thing. Rainbow Times

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Here's something you don't see every day: A head coach who didn't have his contract renewed ... but he's rehired the next season. That's what the WNBA's New York Liberty did with former Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer. The team announced on Friday that it was rehiring Laimbeer as coach this season. He coached in 2013 and 2014 and was the team's general manager, though he won't hold the latter title this year. "I am proud to be leading the New York Liberty behind the bench, and believe that great things are ahead of us," Laimbeer said in a release. "I came to New York talking about building a championship culture — and remain committed to that goal as head coach. I am thrilled to get started on the upcoming season." Laimbeer's record as the Liberty head coach is 26-42. Newark Star-Ledger

December 2, 2014 Updates

The Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Monumental Network will partner with local boys’ and girls’ high school basketball programs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area as part of the organization’s youth basketball initiatives. Monumental Network will cover tournaments and games and post exclusive interviews with coaches and players on each team. In addition to the coverage on the network, team talent including players, alumni and mascots will be in attendance for the games. NBA.com

November 18, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis: Just like the process for the Capitals, we are prepared to investigate potential locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We are keeping our options open, considering the facility as a practice location for the WNBA’s Mystics and possibly the home to a NBA Development League team. At this point I believe all of our Capitals players live in Virginia – we’ve even had players and coaches live close enough to walk to the training facility – and they along with our staff enjoy the Arlington area. They eat, shop, ride Metro and take advantage of all the great opportunities in the vicinity of Kettler. And the local area has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The Ballston Common Mall, where Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located, is undergoing a redevelopment with plans for a residential tower, street-facing retail shops and restaurants and a pedestrian plaza. Ted's Take

August 25, 2014 Updates
August 23, 2014 Updates

"We had too much talent to be playing that bad," Johnson said. "I expected more. The fans expected more. I just said, 'Hey man, we gotta make a change. We can't keep going like this.' You could see the players were not responding. We can't keep going like this. And when the players are not responding, you've got to make a change." Johnson called Kasten and Eric Holoman, the president of Magic Johnson Enterprises, and told them it was time for a coaching change. So much for the idea going around the WNBA that Johnson wasn't going to be an active owner. ESPN.com

Johnson said he went to the Sparks' first-ever game at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood in 1997. Dr. Jerry Buss owned the team then. Penny Toler made the franchise -- and the WNBA's -- first basket. "That's who taught me so much about business," Johnson said of Buss, who died in 2013. "He was a man who knew how to connect the dots. He knows what the fans want, as far as expectations. That's what we're trying to deliver on. That's what I'm trying to do now." ESPN.com

August 5, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: Becky Hammon has been hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach. Hammon ranks 4th in assists, 6th in games and 7th in points in WNBA history. Twitter @MikeAScotto

July 23, 2014 Updates
July 21, 2014 Updates

Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early-stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. Cooper will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday. The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota on Tuesday. "I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said. "I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon." ESPN.com

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The Golden State Warriors on Friday confirmed their interest in operating a WNBA franchise, a day after the league announced that the Los Angeles Sparks ownership group has ceased operations of the team and laid off all front-office employees. The Bay Area's NBA franchise also confirmed that it has been in contact with the WNBA about the possibility of taking over the Sparks franchise. The Sparks are in limbo as the league seeks new ownership, and league president Laurel Richie confirmed Thursday night that the WNBA has made contact with groups who have previously expressed interest in running a franchise. ESPN.com

November 12, 2013 Updates

The Minneapolis City Council has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx to renovate the Target Center, one of the NBA's oldest venues. The $97 million renovation of the 23-year-old, city-owned Target Center includes a redesign of the outdated exterior, additional clubs and gathering spaces, as well as improved traffic flow. The Timberwolves and Lynx will pay $43 million toward the project. The city will contribute $48.5 million and building manager Anschutz Entertainment Group Facilities will pay $5.5 million. As part of the deal, the Timberwolves will extend their lease at Target Center through 2032. The design of the building will take place this winter, with construction expected to begin after the 2013-14 Timberwolves season. Boston Herald

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