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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Down day for the WNBA

The WNBA had a double whammy on Wednesday when the Charlotte Sting ceased operations and Houston coach Van Chancellor retired as coach.

The loss of the Sting leaves the league with just 13 franchises heading into its 11th season in May. Although the Charlotte players could be picked up by other teams in a dispersal draft, the shutdown could spell bad news for former Lady Techsters star Ayana Walker. Walker averaged a team low 7.2 minutes in 25 games last season. Unless she's the right fit for a remaining team, she could be jobless.

Chancellor was the final remaining original coach in the league. He was a great spokesman for the league while winning four WNBA titles. We interviewed him on numerous occasions about WNBA issues and found him honest and forthcoming. That's something that is sorely missing in most professional sports.


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