Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tough Choices

The task is not an easy one for Sun coach Mike Thibault. And it’s the case for most coaches across the WNBA.
The reality of professional sports is that anyone worthy of being invited to a tryout or training camp possesses enough ability to make it in the league. That’s why it’s not surprising to struggle for anyone resembling a weak link at a typical Connecticut practice.
Of the 13 players currently at Sun camp — point guard Lindsay Whalen is not actually participating, but she is there everyday doing rehab work — each one looks very good on paper and shows that ability in some capacity on the court. Versatility will likely be the difference between who makes the roster and who gets cut, which shouldn’t start taking place until the team’s veterans begin trickling in sometime next week.
Thibault views the ability to be versatile as a means to expanding his roster. GM Chris Sienko echoes that belief, and stressed at team media day that the organization doesn’t aim to simply fill a specific hole.
“We want athletic kids that can really compete,” he said. “We don’t want to have just a particular position in mind.”

The Sun will hold a practice open to the public from 6-8 p.m. on May 1 at Rhode Island. If you’re a fan, I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.
Plus, for you collectors out there, the players will be signing autographs afterward.
But getting to watch the team practice will not only give you a better appreciation for how competitive the tryout process is, it will also demonstrate the speed of the professional game in different way than simply watching a regular-season game.

If you’re interested in keeping up with news around the WNBA a good place for information is Matt Wurst’s league blog. Below is the link.


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