Looking Ahead to 2007: Player Hopes and Expectations
WNBA.com asked a group of elite players what their hopes and expectations are for the coming season. From personal goals to team-related dreams, their answers may surprise you.
Cash, Detroit Shock (right):
"Repeating as champions is obviously our team goal, but my personal goal is to get back to that elite performance level that I was at before my injury. I want to be consistent on both ends of the floor and look forward to returning for another All-Star Game and postseason run to the championship."
Lennox, Seattle Storm:
"I hope we have great nail-biting games and high scoring games to get more and more fans involved and see how well the WNBA can really play. For my team, I expect everyone to be healthy, positive feelings about the season and come in with the winning attitude like no one can stop us."
Baker, New York Liberty:
"My expectations for myself are to contribute as much as possible to help my team. My expectations for my team are for us to do an extremely better job than we did last year."
Snow, Houston Comets (left):
"I went overseas to work on being more aggressive. With the players that we have in Houston, I sometimes find myself watching because they are so great. At some point, you have to be more aggressive and find a better place on this team and we will still all work together."
Dupree, Chicago Sky:
"My goal is probably to be more of a leader. Statistically I was a leader last year, but as far as being more vocal, that is the biggest thing. And just being more aggressive now that I have a year under my belt."
Sales, Connecticut Sun:
"Well, just to bounce back. Last year I was coming off an injury, and mentally I want to work to get back to where I was. For the team, we want to get over that hump and try to win a ring."
Milton-Jones, Washington Mystics:
"For our team is to not settle for just the playoffs. Personally, I would like to make the all-star team, first-team WNBA, defensive player of the year."
Lawson, Sacramento Monarchs (right):
"You always try to come back better. I'm trying to come back in better shape. I'm trying to expand my offensive game, especially off the dribble, because I know people play me to take away my outside shot. Everything off the dribble: I want to be better off pick and rolls… I want to use my shot as a weapon to open up other things on the offensive end."
Thorburn, Minnesota Lynx:
"I'm excited for our coaching changes and I think its going to be a new start this year, and I think I will be more confident when I get playing time this year, and not timid like last year."
Ohlde, Minnesota Lynx (left):
"As far as the team goes, we want to become more competitive than last year and make a run at the playoffs. Personally, I want to help my team out however I can. I want to get back up to where I'm scoring in double figures, close to double figures in rebounds and helping my team out in whatever way I can."
Johnson, Los Angeles Sparks:
"I am really looking forward to seeing our team in action. We will take things one step at a time, come in and focus on what we have to do and work on to improve as a team. We cannot look too far ahead and panic that Lisa is not playing. There will probably be some of those jitters in the beginning and we'll just have to work through that."
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