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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.”

WNBA will feel immediate impact from this year’s draft

April 12, 2011 11:00am
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By adding the No. 1 overall draft pick in Maya Moore, the Minnesota Lynx will be expected to be a contender immediately.

Basketball is unique among team sports because of the impact a single player can make. While you have star players across the entire spectrum of sports, in basketball an impact player’s presence can be felt on each and every possession. While we anticipate the start of the new WNBA season, let’s take a look at yesterday’s top 5 draft picks, whose impact should be felt immediately this upcoming season.

1. Maya Moore F (UConn): Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Moore transitions to the WNBA as possibly the greatest collegiate player ever. She ends her career at UConn with 150 wins and 2 national titles. Moore was only the collegiate player on the national team that won a world championship, and is expected to continue as an impact player with the national squad. She is expected to turn the Lynx into contender almost instantly.  While expectations for Minnesota and Moore are very high, there is every reason to believe the hype is warranted.

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