Let’s take a look around the Internet at some of the more interesting links relating to the Storm over the last week.
- Now that author Q is again updating regularly, Rethinking Basketball has become a must-visit destination for WNBA fans. Q is in Seattle and wrote about attending Storm Opening Night – both from the perspective of watching as a fan and from trying to understand the Storm’s home-court advantage at KeyArena.
The most impressive thing about the Storm’s home opener against the Sacramento Monarchs Sunday night was not the individual performances of their stars as much as the way they channeled the fans’ energy into their basketball performance.
- ESPN.com’s excellent Mechelle Voepel took a look at the Storm’s supporting cast around Lauren Jackson in a feature story.
- WNBA.com offered its first Power Rankings of the young season last Wednesday, with the Storm slotting in at No. 2 behind the Minnesota Lynx, who lost to the Storm two days later.
Even with that loss [to Indiana], the Storm has looked like one of the best teams early on with Lauren Jackson back and in MVP form (23.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, .605 FG%), Sue Bird running the show effectively (10.7 ppg, 7.0 apg) and Swin Cash looking more comfortable every game as she works her way back from offseason back surgery.
- Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times wrote about the process of the Storm learning Head Coach Brian Agler’s offense, which is unique in the freedom and responsibility it affords players to react to situations on the floor. The Storm was second in the league in Offensive Rating at the time of the article, and still ranks a solid fifth after a rough outing against Chicago where the team struggled to knock down open looks from beyond the arc.
-Lastly, I joined Sports Northwest Magazine’s Todd Dybas and Seattlest’s Seth Kolloen for the first edition of the new Sports Northwest Audio Roundtable last week and we discussed the Storm’s new look for 2009.