As the Tulsa Shock opened training camp this week, one gemstone on the 15-player roster came from an open tryout opportunity. But not the tryout held in April to decide on 2011 invitees – one that drove for days from the cold tundra of Syracuse, New York to take part in the 2010 open camp. Juanita Ward.
Diamonds, coming from a Greek word with such definitions as “unalterable” and “unbreakable” might be just the perfect way to characterize Ward’s journey to her second training camp.
Last season, Juanita became one of the last casualties in the cut process as Nolan Richardson weaned his training camp roster to a slim 11-player combination to compete throughout the 2010 season. But that didn’t break her. It perhaps even strengthened her.