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NYT: Leaving Detroit for Tulsa, the Shock Lost Their Way

TULSA, Okla. — Once, it seemed an intriguing idea for prefab success, dismantling a three-time W.N.B.A. championship team in Detroit and relocating it brick by brick to this regional hotbed for women’s basketball. The Tulsa Shock planned to be relentless and hounding as they opened play in 2010. The coach and general manager, Nolan Richardson, was a local favorite. He had never coached women or professionals. But he had won the National Invitation Tournament with the University of Tulsa in 1981 and an N.C.A.A. title with Arkansas in 1994. His drag-strip, trapping style, known as 40 minutes of hell, had been attractively and disruptively frenetic. Anticipating her blistering speed in a frenzied system, Richardson signed the disgraced sprinter Marion Jones. She had won an N.C.A.A. basketball title at North Carolina in 1994. This would give Jones a chance to resume her athletic life after she lost her Olympic gold medals, and even her freedom for a time, in the fallout from a doping scandal. Instead, Tulsa’s ambitious experiment failed. Richardson is gone. Jones is gone. Several indispensable stars from Detroit never arrived. One of the league’s greats, Sheryl Swoopes, resumed her W.N.B.A. career with Tulsa this season, but there is only so far that 40-year-old shoulders and knees can carry an overmatched team. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/sports/basketball/trading-detroit-for-tulsa-wnbas-shock-lost-their-way.html?hp

Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa


It's Detroit, it's basketball, and they are owned by Karen Davidson -- only it's the WNBA. Three championships and the Shock are done in the city of Detroit (well, Auburn Hills). Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Bill Laimbeer Leaving Detroit Shock; Possibly Eyeing NBA Coaching Job


It is expected to be announced around 3 PM today from the Palace that Ex-Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer will resign from his coaching gig with the WNBA's Detroit Shock. It was reported yesterday that Bill Laimbeer might be interested in the Minnesota Timberwolves vacancy as it has been a goal since his retirement from the NBA as a player to come back as an NBA Head Coach. This is presumably the reason he is walking out on the Shock midseason. Laimbeer coached the Shock for 6 1/2 years and led them to three WNBA Championships, including one last summer.

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