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BB News: Staley speaks on Kelsey Bone, UConn goes to the White House, Currie steps it up for Mystics

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:58pm EDT

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Dawn Staley speaks, and she says there's work to be done. She also addresses the Kelsey Bone situation:

"You live and you learn," Staley said. "I am not going to hide behind anything, because I think we went beyond the call of duty to make sure she was happy as well as any other player who comes through our program."

It's a knee-jerk reaction when a player leaves a program to blame the coach. But this fits with what I've heard, that this one wasn't on Staley.

Epiphany Prince isn't sorry she left Rutgers.

The UConn team went to the White House today and chilled with Obama.

A tiny bit of WNBA news:

Jayda Evans ranks the teams so far:

Team (Record/Last week's ranking) Comment
1. Phoenix (1-0/1): Blondes may win championships, but brunettes can make their free throws despite just arriving from Turkey.
2. New York (1-0/4): The new-look Liberty didn't disappoint; especially 39-year-old Taj McWilliams-Franklin beating youngsters down court and sinking FTs.
3. Seattle (1-0/3): The only thing Seattle really didn't bring in their debut was a fluid offense, there's an app for that -- practice time together.
4. Washington (2-0/10): Monique Currie is rising to the occasion in the absence of Alana Beard to help get Mystics off to surprising start.
5. Los Angeles (0-2/2): Sputtering out of the block, but don't play again until Saturday -- yikes.
6. Atlanta (2-0/7): O-le. Ole, ole, ole! O-le! O-le!
7. Connecticut (1-0/6): Charles was electric in pro debut and pumped after second trip to White House for NCAA honors, only it was just one game.
8. Minnesota (1-1/9): Concerning that home opener couldn't spark offensive boost late, Lynx will really be exposed Wednesday in Seattle.
9. Indiana (0-2/7): Remember, it's not how you start the season, it's how you finish.
10. San Antonio (0-1/9): All things are big in Texas -- except for the play of the Silver Stars' centers.
11. Tulsa (0-1/11): Signed, sealed, delivered. She's yours! Transplanted Shock F Plenette Pierson appropriately makes new franchise's first bucket.
12. Chicago (0-2/12): As expected, Chicago played some close games and decision-making remains questionable.

Not bad at all.

Q says last night's Storm-Sparks game personifies what he loves about the pro game.

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