Day One, First Practice
General Manager and Head Coach Nolan Richardson
On Andrea Riley
"Riley is a day-to-day. To me, Riley is 10 days away. She has to heal, I would be afraid to put her out there right now."
On Expectations for 2011
"We are trying to play better basketball. We are trying to move the ball a little more, clean up turnovers and get on the boards a little harder. Those are the three bad areas for us last year. I really think we are going to be a better passing, shooting and rebounding team."
"We are always going to be running a team. If you look at the ladies we have out there, we are not a strongly built physical team so we have to run. I think that's going to be our forte, we want to be able to run and play good half court defense, press at times, pick-and-choose when we want to press and play match-up or zone. I think with this team, I'll be able to throw some different things at you."
On this year�s first practice compared to last year
�This year�s practice was tremendous compared to the one last year. This year I think because we have a lot of young girls that are really trying to show that they belong. It�s going to be very hard (to cut this team down to 11). I�m glad that it�s going to be hard. If I had to do it today I couldn�t.�
On her preparation for training camp
�I really spent a lot of time on conditioning and doing a lot of those drills that we were doing. A lot of full court stuff. Man, what an exciting time. Honestly, I didn�t even sleep last night. I called my Mom and some of my friends and you�d think I was a rookie again, because I really couldn�t sleep."
On being back after her three year hiatus
�Having not played in the league for three years and getting an opportunity to come back here and play is exciting. I still love this game. A lot of conditioning, a lot of running, but man I feel good.�
Thoughts on the first practice
�What was so interesting for me today is to just be out here and watch a lot of these younger players. I was pretty impressed with a couple of the rookies today. To see how hard they were working, they were putting me back to when I was there age. I thought, man, I just miss the friendship and being out here and enjoying this game.�
On playing for Coach Richardson
�For coach�s style of play you really have to be in shape. I am so excited to be able to play his style of play this year, but I think the hardest thing about playing for a coach like that is the mental preparation, because the conditioning and physical abilities will come eventually, but you also have to prepare yourself mentally because it�s tough, it�s not easy.�
@MJAyim - Practice 1: Done! Great job, ladies!!! :)
@MarionJones - First practice of the season is complete and everyone survived and looked good. Now its time to ice, eat, nap and rest and then knock out this evening session.
@IvoryLatta12 - Practice #1 is out the way resting til #2. God is beyond great. Goodluck to everyone starting camp :)
@MsMccants - 1 down 1 to go!! first practice went very well......resting up for practice number 2 hope everyone is having a great day!!
@TiffthaDiVa - 1 down 1 2 go food then nap...