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Lynx guard Wright is back and catching up

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

She won’t let on where her rehabilitation stands on a scale of 10. The only thing Monica Wright would report that she’s getting there. “In my mind, I’m a 10,” the fifth-year Minnesota Lynx guard recently told the MSR. After an unexpected arthroscopic surgery on her left knee just before training camp on April 25, the 5’-10” player didn’t make her 2014 season debut until June 15. After her return from off-season play overseas, Wright recalled experiencing unusual soreness in the knee, and the subsequent MRI result was “a huge surprise,” she admitted. As expected, upon her return, Wright also experienced her rhythm off a bit in her “mental training camp,” wanting to get back to full strength as quickly as possible. Continue Reading →

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WNBA President Richie in town — Addresses questions about expansion

 

 

 

The ‘E’ word — expansion — again was heard. It was asked at the All-Star Game a couple of weekends ago, and again last weekend when WNBA President Laurel Richie spoke to the tiny Minnesota press corps prior to the August 2 Minnesota-San Antonio contest. Too bad the quizzical reporter, as well as others who keep bringing it up, hasn’t gotten it yet. A dozen teams — six in each conference — is fine right now. This reporter, who has covered all 17 WNBA seasons, has seen the league expand too fast during its formative period, only to see teams like Cleveland and Charlotte later close shop after a couple of years. Continue Reading →

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WNBA 2012 wrap-up

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Only four times in 11 previous WNBA lotteries have the worst teams actually got the top pick. Therefore, if the lottery didn’t exist, the Tulsa Shock would’ve had the top overall pick the last two years. Some hinted that Phoenix, whose lottery ball came up first last week, might have lost a few more games in order to put themselves in a better position. As a result, once again the lottery bandits robbed the season’s worst team, Washington, of the right to draft first — the Mystics instead will draft fourth. No such “not playing hard” talk about Tulsa, who got the third draft slot and who might have been the league’s best nine-win club this season. Continue Reading →

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