Posts Tagged ‘ Candace Parker ’

Interview: Los Angeles Sparks preview with WNBA writer Sue Favor

May 13, 2012 1:43pm
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Sue Favor covers the Los Angeles Sparks as a media member. According to her blog They’re Playing Basketball she was “a founding fan of the Seattle Storm” and follows “the Lady Vols like a cult member.” Her outstanding work can be found on such websites as Sports Illustrated, Hoopfeed and Full Court. You can also follow her on Twitter @hoopism.

Sue was kind enough to share her thoughts and insights on what should be a new look Los Angeles Sparks team this season.

How do you think the chemistry of the Sparks will be early on with a new coach and so many new faces on the roster?

Carol Ross told me Wednesday (http://www.hoopfeed.com/content/2012/05/09/los-angeles-sparks-working-on-defense-as-roster-shapes-up-ross-makes-cuts/) that the team is still finding its identity. She has set the tone with her insistence on aggressive play and urgency every time an athlete hits the court, to the point where players are repeating her words in interviews. She’s got the team on the same page. Then the veterans set the tone on the first day by welcoming the rookies and giving them tips. The Sparks have got a huge head start on building chemistry this season, and in both exhibition games they’ve had so far, whomever is on the floor together is operating as unit.

What style of play will we see from the Sparks under new coach Carol Ross? 

Ross is very technical, and is a true teacher in practice. She also expects athletes to play very hard and never take a possession off. Both she and Sparks players keep mentioning the word “aggressive,” which is how they are playing their first two weeks. Ross’ third main emphasis is defense. She especially wants to bring sound defense to the Sparks, because she said they’ve been lacking it for a long time.

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Is it too early to speculate on what could have been for Candace Parker?

July 1, 2011 2:10pm
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This is a very interesting article from Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant about how Parker’s injuries might prevent fans from seeing how great of a career Candace Parker might potentially have. Everyone wants to project who is going to be the next great thing, and throughout her college career Parker showed us every reason why she has the chance to go down as the greatest women’s player. With her latest knee injury though, her body is denying herself a chance at a truly historic legacy.

Preview: Minnesota Lynx (0-0) v. Los Angeles Sparks (0-0); 11pm EST NBA-TV

June 3, 2011 12:02pm
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Tonight marks the official tip-off of the 2011 WNBA season when the Minnesota Lynx take on the Los Angeles Sparks. Star power will be present, with highly-decorated rookie forward Maya Moore squaring off against 2008 MVP Candace Parker. Parker, who missed the final 24 games of the 2010 season due to a shoulder injury, is back and ready to lead her Sparks back to the top of the Western Conference. Minnesota, meanwhile, will rely on a dynamic wing duo–Seimone Augustus and Moore–to lead them to the playoffs for the first time in Augustus’ career.

Injuries: MIN (none), LAS (none)

Prediction: LA by 3

Minnesota enters the 2011 season as the deepest team in the WNBA, but the Sparks will have home court advantage and have an advantage inside with Parker, Tina Thompson, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Ebony Hoffman, and rookie Jantel Lavender.

15th WNBA season starts tonight (11pm EST)

June 3, 2011 5:06am
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The WNBA season kicks off tonight with a star-studded match-up between the revamped Minnesota Lynx (led by Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore) and the rejuvenated Los Angeles Sparks (led by a healthy Candace Parker). Both teams are looking to improve on sub-par records in 2011. Tonight’s action can be found on NBA TV at 11pm EST (8pm Pacific).

Hoops Insider interview with Los Angeles Sparks assistant coach Sandy Brondello

June 1, 2011 6:02pm
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Entering her first year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks, Coach Sandy Brondello brings with her a wealth of experience as both a player and coach as she begins her 12th year in the league. After serving the previous five seasons with San Antonio, including the most recent as head coach of the Silver Stars, Brondello now has the task of helping to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a Western Conference championship. She recently spoke with Hoops Insider to share her thoughts about this year’s Sparks team.

On Coach Brondello’s first year with the Sparks and her impact

With this being my 12th year in the league and having experience as both a head coach and an assistant coach, I know a lot of the teams. I am an ex-player, so I can definitely relate to the players in that regard.  Jen (head coach Jennifer Gillom) has been great and has allowed both me and Joe (assistant coach Joe Bryant) to bring our strengths to the team.

On Candace Parker’s impact this season

I know this is the first time I have coached Candace, but some of the stuff she does I’ve really never seen a woman do. We just have to put her in the right spots to be successful. She is one of the best players and if we can keep her healthy she can have another MVP season.

On the current state of the point guard position

We’ve been happy so far. Ticha is the leader of this team on the court, and has such great experience. Natasha Lacy is a different player than Penicheiro, which is a good thing. She likes to have the ball in her hand, can get to the rim and be aggressive on the offensive end. She is quite tenacious on the defensive end and deserves a shot at that back-up point guard position.

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The Sparks Just Want to be Healthy

May 19, 2011 1:10pm
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There was a clear theme running through the Sparks’ media day and it involved the team’s health; specifically that of Candace Parker. Coach Jennifer Gillom has this year’s teams goals set very high and for good reason. A healthy Candace Parker means this Sparks team can compete for a championship.

Jill Painter from the Daily News: Pain-free Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ready to play and prove herself

Victoria Sun from Fox Sports West: Parker ready to ignite Sparks in return

Blair Angulo from ESPN Los Angeles: Candace Parker’s health key for Sparks

 

WNBA Notes from their Opening Training Sessions

May 17, 2011 10:36am
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Los Angeles Sparks: Notes from Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times. “Last year you pretty much knew who your starters would be,” she (coach Jennifer Gillom) said. “This year, it’s not that way.” After a long pause, she added, “Those are great problems to have.”

Phoenix Mercury: Notes from Odeen Domingo of Azcentral.com. Taurasi is not the only Mercury player with fresh legs. The rest of the team’s key players took some time off after finishing their seasons in Europe. And every player on the Mercury’s roster was present at their first practice of the season for the first time since 2009, when the Mercury last won a WNBA championship.

Seattle Storm: Notes from Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times. The Storm was the last team to close the opening day of WNBA training camp Sunday. “It’s basically because we only have less than three weeks before we play our first game, we don’t have a lot of time,” said Agler of the WNBA pushing training camp back to accommodate players’ year-round schedules but starting the season June 3. “And we need to get our numbers down so we can prepare.”

Washington Mystics: Notes from Andrew Rosen at WNBA.com. “I don’t want anybody thinking they can come into camp with the mindset that ‘I can coast and I’m going to start and play’. You are going to have to earn it. That just sets the tone for the season. Everything that we accomplish we are going to have to earn it. So we have to go into camp with that mentality,’ said Lacey.”

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