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Little Arrives in Seattle
Having already dressed for a game with the Seattle Storm, Camille Little got her first look at her new summer home Wednesday when the Storm returned from its road trip to Los Angeles. Acquired in a deal with the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, Little spent Monday flying across the country to meet up with the team. She was in uniform against the Sparks on Tuesday, but did not play before going through her first Storm practice on Wednesday.
"I'm happy to be here," Little said. "A lot of veterans, great players. I just hope I can bring a spark and help the team as much as I can."
The trade caught Little by surprise. She had played for the Dream on Sunday, scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds against Detroit. Hours later, she received a phone call while watching TV at home and found out she was headed to the Storm.
The deal quickly changed the course of Little's season, as she was sent from an 0-13 Atlanta team to a Storm squad that is a strong contender to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. Little already has playoff experience, having advanced to the Western Conference Finals with San Antonio last year as a rookie.
"This is a whirlwind," said Little. "I go from the playoffs my first year to 0-13. Now coming to 8-7 is crazy. I'm trying to take it all in and hopefully I'll be ready on Sunday night."
On Sunday, when the Storm hosts the Washington Mystics at KeyArena, (6:00 p.m., 1150 AM KKNW, ), Little will likely make her Storm debut. Before then, the team's three days of practice this week are very helpful in terms of integrating Little into the lineup.
"I think it's great for Camille because we have a chance to practice and get her to play," explained Head Coach Brian Agler. "It gives her a chance to learn her teammates and learn about what we're doing. A lot of it's going to be similar to what we did last year."
The similarity comes from Agler's shared history in San Antonio with Little. He was a Silver Stars assistant coach last season before coming to Seattle, meaning Little is familiar with a lot of the new system and also meaning that Agler knows first-hand what Little brings to the Storm.
"I think it really helped me a lot to get (the plays) quickly," Little said. "It's kind of the same kind of thing from San Antonio, so that helped me out a lot.
"He knows what I'm capable of; I didn't have to prove myself all over again. I know exactly what he wanted from me, so I kind of had an edge, I feel like. I know what I'm here for, so that's what I plan to do."
Specifically, Agler likes Little's ability to help the Storm with her defense, particularly in the paint, and rebounding ability. The Storm has been using Shyra Ely at both forward positions off the bench, but the addition of Little should move Ely to small forward more frequently. Little can play either forward position, but figures to see more action at power forward. Both Ely and Little are listed at 6-2, but on the court, Little seems to have the size advantage. She also has the tough mentality of a post player.
"Hopefully I can rough some people up down low, do some bumping down there, get some stops and get some wins," she said.