Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: May 19-25, 2008

"Tonight was our best defensive effort by far. Everyone was swarming the basketball and it was fun to watch. However, our defense took away from our offense, which was ugly to watch."
- Shock coach Bill Laimbeer after his team's 10-point win Sunday over New York

"It's great for the WNBA, and I think Atlanta is a great franchise and they are going to do great things this year."
- Sparks rookie Candace Parker on the new expansion team in Atlanta

"What people don't recall is the reason I use the term showtime because our team is kind of like when I played for the Lakers…We are very exciting team but showtime is predicated on defense. If we get steals, force some shots, get rebounds, we can get out and go, and showtime comes alive."
- Sparks coach Michael Cooper on the notion of "showtime" returning to Los Angeles after topping Atlanta on Sunday

"What has changed is that Armintie (Price) has realized she is more than just an athlete, somebody running around who others can't compete with. She can play basketball, her shot is coming along. What you guys don't know is that she is there every day, first one in and last one to go. She and Sylvia shoot 100 free throws each day after practices. What you see is her hard work coming out onto the basketball court."
- Sky coach Steven Key on the continued improvement of 2007 Rookie of the Year Armintie Price

"If a team can use eight days it's probably us to get our stuff together. These three games have gone pretty quick and we haven't had that much time to get back to what we were doing last year. So these eight days might be the best thing for us right now."
- Mercury star Diana Taurasi after her team blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Storm. Phoenix sits at 0-3 and does not play again until next Saturday

"New York made some great shots. They are not slouchers. They hit a lot of three-pointers that they had missed in the game against Connecticut, and that sent them rolling. They played well and we played about as bad a half as we could've played."
- Mystics forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin on the Liberty after scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a loss to New York

"That's what I get paid for, to come in the game and knock down shots. My teammates found me and I was able to knock them down and spark a little run."
- Katie Gearlds after hitting going 3-3 from three-point range as the Storm topped the Monarchs on Tuesday

"She's so strong, she's blowing bubbles with beef jerky."
- Me-TV (Chicago) play-by-play announcer Eric Collins on Sky rookie center Sylvia Fowles

"She was posted up like Raisin Bran."
- Me-TV (Chicago) analyst Stacey King on Monarchs center Adrian Williams-Strong

"It's just a couple minor things (we need to work on) and hitting another shot here and there. It's not like we're getting blown out by 20. We've had one practice (with everyone here) so far. Everyone says, 'Yeah, but you've got the same team back from last year.' No we don't. We're missing six players and one of them is one of the top five in the world (Penny Taylor). It's a little bit different."
- Corey Gaines on Mercury's early struggles, to the East Valley Tribune

"It's not like I haven't played on a team that hasn't been this packed full of talent before. In terms of knowing my role and doing it, I know exactly what I have to do. I've been there before."
- Lauren Jackson of the Storm's starting five who have won a combined nine Olympic medals, to the Seattle Times

"When Shaquille O'Neal came in [to the NBA], referees had never seen anything like this, all this athleticism, all this height, all this strength, all this ability. We told her, 'Keep playing the basketball you've been taught and what we've been teaching you. Make (the referees) make the adjustment. Don't soften up and become a less aggressive person. That's not Sylvia Fowles. That's not who we drafted.' "
- Sky coach Steven Key on Sylvia Fowles' debut, in which she fouled out in 15 minutes of play, to the Chicago Tribune