Storm center Ashley Robinson is the subject of Jayda Evans’ feature in today’s Seattle Times. Evans has seen more confidence from Robinson this season during training camp.
Quick ball movement isn’t a surprise from the Storm center and eight-year WNBA veteran. But there’s something different in training camp this season. Passes are crisper. Shots are falling more frequently. And this year Robinson isn’t antsy to secure a roster spot after signing a multiyear deal in March.
Although she knows nothing is guaranteed, the contract provided confidence, the swagger of being wooed by multiple teams. That’s a first since she was drafted in the second round by Phoenix in 2004.
On the blog, Evans looks at the lineup options available to Storm Head Coach Brian Agler.
“The way I look at our team, we’ve got seven starters,” Agler said. “In terms of roles? I think we’ve got seven starters. We’ll have a set group of starters and that’s the group that played last year and started. But I don’t see us dropping off when we substitute here. Belinda’s (Snell) got a little bit of a ways to go in that, but she hasn’t played (my system). Katie has some experience (in my style).”
The USA Today talked to the Storm’s Katie Smith, among others, about the importance of male practice squads in the WNBA.
“There are people sitting out, people that are hurt and sometimes you don’t have enough to practice, so in that sense, just having numbers and being able to go through a whole practice competing and getting the reps in is important,” Seattle Storm guard Katie Smith said. “On top of that, you get some bigger guys, some guys who can challenge you.”
Last year, I wrote an extended feature on the Storm’s practice squad.
KING5 was out at practice and has fun interviews with Sue Bird (who is not about to join Twitter any time soon, sorry) and Swin Cash (who talked about her mom’s wedding).