On July 17, Detroit Shock Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Bill Laimbeer announced that the team had signed guard Sheila Lambert to a contract for the remainder of the season. The 5-7 Lambert originally signed a seven-day contract with Detroit on July 11.
Lambert started three games over the past week for the Shock, and is averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.00 steals in 2005.
Lambertís first tour of duty with Detroit came during its championship season of 2003 when she played in 27 games as a reserve, averaging 3.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game while connecting on 43.8 percent of her three-pointers.
Lambert chatted with Shock fans on Tuesday, July 26 on DetroitShock.com.
Thanks for coming online to chat with me today! I'm really excited to be back in Detroit. Let's start answering your questions.
how does it feel to play again with the team you won a championship with?
It feels normal. It was my choice to leave in the first place, and now that I'm back, it just feels like I should never have left.
DMW (Gotham City):
Sheila, what NBA player did you most admire when you were a kid? And what player in basketball do you think your game most resembles?
I really didn't look up to anybody in the NBA when I was growing up. I don't know what player my game really resembles, but if you have any ideas, let me know!
Mz.A, O-Town, FLA:
What are some of the things you all do for fun?
I like to shoot pool, go to the movies and - this is a hidden secret - I'm pretty good at ping-pong.
Stephanie (Allen Park):
Have you ever been scuba diving?
No, I haven't. I don't know how to swim, so that wouldn't be a good idea for me. Not unless you want to come and find me at the bottom!
Hey "She She"
How long does it take for a point guard to pick up the tendencies of her teammates with regards to running an offense and knowing where and when players like to get the ball.
Good luck the rest of the season!
How long does it take? I still don't know! When you have a good team and have teammates that have your back, they walk you through it - even during the games. It takes about a month, I would say, for players to really get to know me. I can get to know my players pretty quickly, but it takes the players some time to get to know me and make that connection.
Karisa (Lancaster, CA):
Hi Sheila how are you? How does it feel to be back with the shock, what kind of music do you listen to, and is their any NBA player you would like to play one on one?
I listen to all types of music, I don't really ex-out any types of music because I lived in several places my whole life. The NBA player I'd like to play against would probably be Tracy McGrady.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
The Space Needle or Pike Place Market?
Goods or Sneaker City?
Houston or Charlotte?
Pierced ears or pierced nose?
Sonics or Pistons?
Domino's or Pizza Hut?
Mirabeau Room or Aristocrat's Club?
Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor?
James Brown or George Clinton?
Old Dominion Crew or Mr. Supreme?
1. Pike Place
2. No one ever goes to Sneaker City anymore! But now that Sneaker City carries all of the old Jordans that don't come out in the big stores, I'd probably go there.
3. I can't answer that one! I'd live in Houston.
4. Pierced nose, of course.
6. Pizza Hut
7. Mirabeau Room
8. Eddie Murphy
10. Mr. Supreme
Robert ,Petaluma CA:
I have been a big fan of yours since you played at Baylor. My question for you is what is your favorite part about being in the WNBA? Is it the autographs, or being on TV?
Thanks for your time, Robert
I think it's both signing autographs and being on TV. With autographs, you get to interact the people who come watch you play. Being on TV, the people who love to watch you play can tune in.
If you had a pet Chihuahua, what would you name it?
Bina. I love that name!
Who's your favorite NBA player(s)?
I would say Kevin Garnett.
So I heard your birthday was last week, what did you do to celebrate it? What was your favorite present?
I had a party at the beach in Seattle and a bonfire when the sun went down, since we happened to be playing in Seattle on my birthday. My team came, which was great. My favorite present was an iPod from my teammates.
Vickie (Dearborn Heights):
What is it like to be coached by the bad boys of the pistons? Does Rick Mahorn bring excitement to the bench?
Rick's a really cool guy, once you get to know him. There's always excitement on the bench because we're "Nemos." The bench is called "The Nemos," which is a nickname the team gave it two years. Two years ago, we'd play blue (starters) vs. white (subs) in practice, the white team is "handicapped" because we were always doing something wrong. It starts with me because I'm the point guard. That was two years ago, though. Now we're pretty equal.
Roy (Lake Orion):
I've always been a big fan of your ball-handling skills. At what age did you begin practicing dribbling specifically and what special drills did you do?
Good luck this year!
I was in elementary school and I'd always have a ball - from elementary through high school, I wouldn't let the ball go. There weren't any special drills, it came naturally to me. I would always watch the older guys play, and if I saw a move that I'd like, I'd practice and practice in my back yard until I got it. That's how I got my collection of moves.
Did you always want to be a professional basketball player? If not what did you want to do when you were a kid?
I didn't always want to be a pro basketball player because being one wasn't available to women until later on. I did want to be a counselor at a community center for after school programs and such. Help out with the things that I didn't have.
Bailey - Detroit :
Who have the best decked out car/truck on the shock?
I don't know. My truck is not here, but it's pretty decked out. The majority of our cars/trucks are not here, but out of those that are here, I like Barb's. She's got a drop-top Benz. That was something that she really wanted before our Championship, so when we won, she bought it. I heard Elaine Powell got a Hummer, but I haven't seen it yet. Everybodyís got really cool cars, so I can't really pick.
What was the flight home like after the loss in Sacramento?
The flight was okay. There wasn't really much to say.
Gine (Royal Oak):
My daughter plays point guard for her middle school team. She's going to high school next year and people tell her that she's too small to play in high school. What advice can I give her to keep following her dream of one day playing in the WNBA?
She's not too small! That's a myth. If she can do what point guards are supposed to do: keep her team together, run her team, be a leader, it doesn't matter how small she is. She can really be an impact. As long as she does what she's supposed to do and make sure everybody else on the team does what they're supposed to do, she can be the best point guard ever.
Sam (Boston, MA):
Hi, Sheila I was wondering how many shots do you take a night, and what is the most points you scored yet ?
In the WNBA, the most points I scored was 19 in one game. I don't know how many shots I take each night.
Do you still follow Chief Sealth basketball and have you ever gone back to talk to the students at Sealth?
Yes! We just won the state Championship this last year. I always go back to school, every time we go to Seattle. I always take time to talk to the team and practice with them. We also have a question and answer session. They invited me to their ring ceremony after they won their Championship, and I thought that was really cool.
Do u have a favorite present WNBA player that's not on your team?
I would have to say, my all-time favorite has been and always will be Sheryl Swoopes. It was actually an honor to play with her in Houston for a year.
What is your favorite basketball memory, other than winning the 2003 Championship?
This isn't so much a memory, but just being in Detroit, meeting the team, and getting to know ten really great people, first of all, and really great players. I think I've made real friendships that are going to last.
That's all I have time for today. I hope to see every one of you out at The Palace this Sunday to see us host the Mercury!