SIGHTS AND QUOTES FROM SUNDAY'S PRACTICE
All-Star Practice Notebook
Would you like a starter?
WNBA.com did see local Orlando favorite Taj McWilliams-Franklin taking the floor with the starting squad at the beginning of practice. When the lights go dark and come back up at 8 p.m ET on Monday, will the duo of hometown hero Tari Phillips and Miracle forward McWilliams-Franklin blow the roof off TD Waterhouse Centre?
Shall we dunk?
"If the opportunity presents itself, I'll try to dunk."
Lisa Leslie on the possibility of dunking:
It's a small world
Here's what West starting guard Ticha Penicheiro had to say:
Laid-back in the West
While the host Eastern Conference and coach Richie Adubato ran through plays and got to know each other's games, the West and coach Van Chancellor spent most of their time playing shooting games and cracking jokes.
Van had them engage in a young vs. old shooting showdown. The last baskets came from Katie Smith, who knocked down about a 40-footer, and Comets forward Tina Thompson, who in a rare display, didn't put it away when the "game" was on the line.
Tamecka Dixon of the L.A. Sparks has been seen sporting gold shoes during recent WNBA action and had this to say about her kicks: "They are great shoes -- very light. I'm very quick on my feet with them. Everybody knows me by the girl with the gold shoes. One day I went out and got some gold shoes and the crowd response was popular. The shoes were great, but I'm not going to wear them at the All-Star Game. I'm with the Jordan Brand, so I'll wear something in that realm."
Will she be kicking up those gold-colored heels at a Lauryn Hill concert?
"Our grandmothers lived in the same neighborhood, so we kind of grew up together, we've been friends for a long time," Dixon said. "I haven't spoken to her in a while though, so despite what some people think, no I don't have anything to do with her performing here tonight. I want to see her, though."
"I'm really into shoes and once I saw these, I knew I wanted to wear them. They're different and I like stuff that's different. They're cool. Everyone has been asking me about them," said Williams.
"They're Nike Air Hyper Flights. This is my first time wearing them. They have some all white ones that I'm going to start wearing (during the season)."
Hey now, you're an All-Star
Baronova, on being an All-Star her first season back from knee surgery after tearing her ACL: "The toughest part was starting to play again. Because physically I was ready to play again, but mentally I wasn't. I was still thinking about the injury. That I could jump and someone could hit me from behind and I could get another injury. So this was the toughest part. I still sometimes crouch under the basket when I jump. But it's going away little by little. I think it's almost all gone, this thinking."
"This is a pretty good team, this West team. They just need to get a little bit of coaching and they'll be fine."
"Does anybody have any extra tickets for me? Wow, I need about a hundred more tickets, really. If anyone has even a couple dozen extra, I'll take them, but I need about 100!"
Teresa Weatherspoon on the Liberty wearing their jersey's backwards during the Eastern Conference All-Star practice:
"That's just the way we do it, New York style. We may do a few things backwards up there in New York, but that's how we do it."