noticed that a big red triangle shape had been added to the
Sonics practice complex located at the west end of the
Seattle Center parking lot on Mercer. We find out tonight
that it houses the new offices and locker room for the Storm!
is barely dry, the furniture just in place and the new complex
is being opened to the public for the first time. We find
out that the final construction was finished just 24 hours
before the doors open. After touring the facility, the Storm
management holds a Q&A in the practice center.
Bryant, Coach Dunn, Wally Walker and Sonja Henning are at
the front and take questions. Karen starts out and discusses
the recent sale of the Sonics and Storm from the Ackerleys
to the Basketball Club of Seattle. She acknowledges the massive
contributions that the Ackerleys have made over the years,
including acquiring the Storm franchise from the WNBA. Several
members of the Ackerley family are here and all get an appreciative
round of applause.
tells us that the Storm are, at this point, the only WNBA
team with their own training facility (shared with the Sonics
of course), and the only team with their own practice locker
room. As amazing as that sounds, it is true.
begins asking some good questions. For instance, someone asks
when the WNBA schedule might move out of the summer and run
along with the regular NBA schedule. Karen answers that this
is a concern of the league and it is something under consideration.
The focus now is to get the league into the black. One of
the league initiatives is to push the average attendance up
to 10,000 for all teams. Until this happens, things like lengthening
the schedule or moving it may have to wait.
people ask Coach what shes going to do with the first
draft pick. She says that she will tell us all exactly what
she will do. She will trade the first pick for 2 or more likely
3 veterans who will produce immediately, or she will take
Lauren Jackson, Jackie Stiles, Ruth Riley, Tamika Catchings,
Katie Douglas, or some other top college or international
player. Simple. Dont ever play poker with this woman.
asks Karen about a possible organized trip down to Portland
for a Storm away game. Karen tells us that they are talking
with Amtrak about a potential train trip, but even if that
doesnt come through something will be planned (we have
since learned that a bus trip is potentially being planned
for the July 4th game, details pending).
are some additional questions that we unfortunately cant
remember (we werent taking notes yet sorry).
The crowd then goes over to the Key for a Sonics game. We
are getting seriously pumped for the new season.