June 8th 2007
Q. How have you enjoyed the WNBA season so far, and has anything surprised you in the early going?
A. First of all, hats off to the WNBA for celebrating its 11th season! That in itself is a remarkable achievement and I’m happy for the many people behind the scenes who make it happen, the players who are terrific on and off the court, and the fans who’ve supported the league in each of the WNBA markets and around the world.
As for surprises, let’s start with New York undefeated and at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. It’s great to see the Liberty back after being down for a few years. Detroit’s on the Liberty’s heels, though, and have another talented team that should challenge for the Eastern Conference crown as well as be in the hunt for a second consecutive (and third overall) Championship.
The team to watch in the East is the Indiana Fever who are led by one of my favorite players, who I’ve enjoyed watching since our days at Tennessee, and that’s Tamika Catchings. No one plays harder or out-hustles Tamika.
In the West, it’s great to see San Antonio and Phoenix doing well. With both teams down, especially the Silver Stars, and not being in the Playoffs for a few years, I’d enjoy seeing both of those teams (as well as the Lynx, who have also been down) do well this season.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give props to Michael Cooper and his Sparks. I was sad to see Michael leave the NBA D-League as coach of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, but happy for him, the Sparks and the WNBA when he returned to LA. Keep an eye on Coach Coop and his Sparks.
Ron Goch, The Telios Group
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