Charde Houston

Recent Articles

To flop or not worries men more than women players

 

 

“Flopping” has been a part of basketball since the Flintstones. Lately it’s become a hot issue for NBA male players, but in the W there appears to be little concern. This season, 19 NBA players were warned about flopping, which is when a player intentionally falls down while guarding an offensive player to draw a foul. Five of these players were fined $5,000. Seven more got hit during the playoffs. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Hoops odds and ends—Free at last: Charde Houston traded to Phoenix

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

If there was an appropriate theme to summarize last week’s announcement that the Minnesota Lynx traded Charde Houston to Phoenix, it should be:

Free at last! The 6-0 forward, who was a 2009 WNBA All-Star, has been a virtual no-show, making only cameo appearances in Coach Cheryl Reeve’s rotation the last two seasons. Houston barely logged eight minutes a game, and zilch during last year’s playoffs. Although she never publicly complained, I did — but I never really got my questions about her lack of court time answered. I wondered aloud how a player who wasn’t hurt, and just two years earlier averaged 13 points a game, couldn’t get off the bench except for timeouts. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

WNBA off-season action slow

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Will the Minnesota Lynx re-sign Charde Houston, a restricted free agent? Nobody’s asking this question, which is typical among the local mainstream media who ignore WNBA off-season moves, but the veteran forward is among 21 restricted free agents around the league still unsigned for the 2012 season. Since Feb. 1, WNBA teams now can negotiate with their own “core” and “reserved” players, as well as “restricted” and “unrestricted” free agents. Minnesota already has re-upped both Taj McWilliams-Franklin (core) and Jessica Adair (reserved), and did a sign-and-trade with Alexis Hornbuckle and sent her to Phoenix Feb. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,