Los Angeles C Lisa Leslie didn’t make the trip and it’s probably best because, really, would Storm fans give her a found farewell in her retirement tour? With Leslie out with a right knee sprain, suffered five games into the season, the Storm will instead air a video tribute from her to fans.
Leslie, voted an All-Star starter, will have left the league without playing another regular-season game at KeyArena. She will also leave without playing in the All-Star game, moving WNBA president Donna Orender to tap Sacramento F Nicole Powell to replace her on the roster.
But it should be noted that the star didn’t have trouble wearing heels to strut her stuff at the BET Awards in June. Yet, that didn’t involve travel or contact – which Leslie hasn’t been cleared to participate. She was projected to need six weeks and that date falls after the All-Star “break.”
There will be no need to replace Storm PF Lauren Jackson, however. Jackson is going to start against Los Angeles tonight and therefore is set to play on Saturday in Connecticut for the midseason classic. Jackson, who missed two games due to a left Achilles strain, does have a second doctor’s appointment on Thursday to evaluate the foot, so plans could change.
Seattle has won its past two home games, three overall, and would like to finish the opening half on an uptick. The Sparks are looking for a turnaround. They are 1-7 on the road and not the LA team folks predicted to open the season.
Still, the Sparks are four-games off the halfway point after tonight with a bundle of home games in August. Don’t be surprised if they click and make a late run. Once in the postseason, the Sparks are always able to reach another level.