The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Tulsa Shock 93-82 at Target Center yesterday afternoon in their annual camp day game. The arena was filled with summer camping kids, making it, apparently, appallingly loud and shrieky. It was a good day for the kids, as six Lynx were in double figures, led by Maya Moore's 32. The Lynx are now 17-6 and remain in 2nd place in the Western Conference behind the Phoenix Mercury. The WNBA is extremely lopsided this year, as only 3 of the 12 teams in the league are currently above .500.
Seimone Augustus, who has missed the last several games with bursitis in her knee, is out of the WNBA All-Star Game, which takes place on Saturday in Phoenix.
In Las Vegas, the Wolves summer league squad finally got a win after three straight losses, beating the summer Suns. I can't tell you anything about it due to my continuing policy of not watching the summer league. Feel free to chime in below, and be sure you are following Zach (@zacharyBD) who is in Vegas and attending the games.
As a result of their epic victory (why not?) the Wolves get to face the Sacramento Kings today at 3:30 CDT. No idea if it is being televised live anywhere.
Apparently, according to Twitter, Glen Taylor was interviewed on the broadcast and said he expected Love with the team when training camp opens. That Love says he wants to win, and so does Taylor. It would have to be a monster deal to pry him loose, according to Glen. We'll see.
Elsewhere, Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets for 3 years and $27M. That seems like a quality deal for Charlotte, who will have a bargain on their hands if Stephenson can keep it together. The Hornets could be quite interesting next season, with Stephenson and MKG on the wings and Al Jefferson in the post. If only the had kept McBob. That's a real let down.
We're starting to see 3rd tier guys sign contracts now. Rodney Stuckey signed with the Pacers, Luke Ridnour with the Magic. James Jones with the Cavaliers.
What's going on with Eric Bledsoe? It's beginning to look like Pek's situation last season. Presumably he'll be back with the Suns; the question is for how much money?
1070: Arnulf III The Hapless becomes Earl of Flanders (I just like the name).
1203: 4th Crusade lays siege to Constantinople; attacks city from a Venetian fleet
1762: Catherine II becomes Tsarina of Russia
1821: Spain cedes Florida to the U.S. Grandma in Pompano Beach thanks you.
1841: First publication of Punch
1898: Spaniards surrender to U.S. forces at Santiago, Cuba
1945: Potsdam Conference
1968: Yellow Submarine (film) premieres in London
1980: Ronald Reagan accepts Republican presidential nomination
Today's musical birthday is Spencer Davis, born in 1939
Have a great Thursday