Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: August 4-10, 2008

"I told him if the Czechs came back and the U.S. lost this game, I'd come and find him. He laughed and responded: '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.' "
- USA Basketball President Val Ackerman after President George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and daughter, Barbara, left after the third quarter of the USA women team's win Saturday over the Czech Republic, to the Associated Press

"When I go out [of the game], I always say to Sylvia, 'DJ, keep the party rolling,' Which means, 'Keep it going.' When I come out, there's no letdown."
- Lisa Leslie on the important role of first-time Olympian Sylvia Fowles, to

"Not every game is going to be like that. …We have to take every game as we go, and we can't take anybody lightly, because everybody has something to prove against the USA."
- Sylvia Fowles, who scored 16 points against the Czechs, on the blowout nature of Saturday's opener, to the Star-Telegram

"We talked about this in the third and fourth quarter, even though we're up 25, 30 points, we're playing for something bigger -- we want to win this tournament."
- Kara Lawson on the continued motivation to play well, to the Washington Post

"We are here to learn. We have to be realistic. But we are not scared. Maybe the other teams are better, but we are here to represent our country."
- Hamchetou Maiga-Ba on her home nation of Mali and its first-time appearance in the Olympics, to the New York Times

''As an athlete, you really don't get to see much of it. They have you in a holding arena where you just sit there with 300 other countries and hang out. Obviously the best part is walking into the stadium. That's the biggest rush."
- U.S. star Diana Taurasi on her favorite part of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, to The Record

"I think that's the beauty of America. To have somebody who may not be born in America, didn't necessarily live the 'American' life that some of us here have, but represent the American dream, that is what being American is."
- Sue Bird on Lopez Lomong being selected to carry the U.S. flag during the Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, to

"I did make it clear to the team that I wouldn't be coming back this season after the Olympics. I want them to be able to get a team together and didn't want to leave any doors open."
- Australian star Penny Taylor said of her potential return to the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury after the Olympics, to the Associated Press

"I had to play that scenario out in my mind. I played it out before I made the decision. I wouldn't say yes if I wasn't able to make or take the shot. I wouldn't cheat the integrity of the Olympics. I'm there to win."
- Russia guard Becky Hammon on whether or not she'd be willing to take a last-second shot against her native United States if the two teams were to square off in Beijing, to the Boston Globe