A great week for Storm content. Let’s highlight some of it.
- Lauren Jackson talked with Frank Della Femina for a Q&A earlier this week on WNBA.com.
WNBA.com: Let’s talk a bit about the team. The Storm is off to one of the franchise’s best starts at 8-1. What’s the general vibe in the locker room right now?
LJ: Nobody’s complacent. Nobody’s going in there saying, “Oh we’re going to win,” or anything like that. We know we need to get better. We know that teams are just sort of wanting to beat us, like we are with every other team. There’s no complacency. Everyone’s very aware that we need to keep getting better. We need to keep improving and focus on our defense because that’s sort of the one thing that helps our offense go.
- Sandy Ringer, who filled in for Jayda Evans briefly as Jayda guested on the Sounders beat at the Seattle Times, gave some well-deserved attention to Storm forward Camille Little, off to a great (perhaps All-Star?) start to the 2010 season.
On a team full of All-Stars like Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson and Swin Cash, Little sometimes gets lost in the galaxy. But teammates and coaches are quick to spotlight her importance in their 8-1 start, the best in the WNBA this season.
“Camille is definitely one of the unsung heroes on our team,” Bird said. “The things that she does, the versatility that she brings, her ability to guard pretty much every position on the court, as well as score; this year she’s had some huge moments for us.”
- At the Chasing the Title blog, Patrick Sheehy breaks down the Storm’s numbers from the first quarter of the 2010 season. Look for something similar here next week as we use the 10-game mark as a milestone.
We are at the quarter season mark already with 9 games played and the Storm at 8-1. It is shocking to witness what is happening with this team. I have been watching them play for eight seasons, and I have never seen them start a season like this. I have seen them play stretches like this, but never come out of the gate playing so well.
That quote from Patrick – which I can echo – reminds me of what Alison Lacey told reporters the other day: “It’s kind of amazing. I was told how hard the league was, it’s a grind every day. They were like, ‘We don’t normally win this much. This isn’t normal.’ I’m happy to be a part of this.”
- Q McCall also took a stab at figuring out why the Storm has started so well on SwishAppeal.com, focusing on the mental aspect of the game:
The combination of a narrow focus, letting go of concern with the score, and things just rolling starts to sound like Flow by psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. From Wikipedia (though I’d recommend the book as well):
Flow (psychology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Csíkszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning.
That seems to be almost exactly what Cash described after the game.
“I was just so focused that I actually wasn’t paying attention to the score,” said forward Swin Cash. “I happened to just look up and was like, ‘Wow we’re up by a lot.’ Like it’s kinda shocking because I was in the game and – just like everyone else – we just kept pushing and pushing. So that’s a lot of credit to everyone on the team in general.”
- There’s more Storm blogging at seattlepi.com, where Season Ticket Holder Lisa Stevens, who previously blogged for WNBA.com, is writing about the team. This week she looked at whether Loree Moore might fit into the Storm roster when she is able to return to the floor after knee surgery.
You could make a very good case for leaving the team as it is. Why mess with something that isn’t broken? Why screw up what is a very good team chemistry? And the answer is, one little injury could bring this whole chemistry down. And I know that Moore is a good team player who has been loved by her teammates in the past. I think she would fit in well.
- The World Cup kicked off today, so it’s only fitting that Dillon Gilbert borrowed the notion of the home “fortress” from European soccer to discuss the Storm’s success at KeyArena at SportsPageMagazine.com:
So this all begs the question: is Key Arena turning into what European soccer fans call a fortress? That is, a tried and true impenetrable home arena?
It would certainly seem so. The Storm has been the best team at home since 2003. They have not lost a game at Key this season, and the Seattle fans seem to have a penchant for ferocity. Though the city has two other teams with strong home followings in the NFL’s Seahawks and MLS’ Sounders FC, neither has quite translated this popularity to home dominance the way the Storm has.
- Jackson was a guest yesterday on Northwest Sports Tonight. Check out her interview with Paul Silvi:
- For even more from Jackson, listen to her interview on KJR 950 AM with former Storm color analyst Elise Woodward.