Surprise, surprise! The 2010 WNBA All-Star Game will be hosted at the Mohegan Sun Arena – like it was last year…and also in 2005. Not that anyone expected the game to travel anywhere short of the east coast, but the reason behind the redundancy of the location is more about what team is playing than the actual players. In preparation for the FIBA World Championships that will be held in late-September in the Czech Republic, Team USA will be playing the WNBA All-Stars (or most likely hodge podge of 1st and 2nd rate players). U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma stated in a recent article with the New York Times that he is worried about the lack of preparation his team will face due to the conflicting schedule of the WNBA season. In part to help out Auriemma, who is also the head coach of the Connecticut Huskies, the league decided to once again host the game at the Mohegan Sun. This is similar to the exhibition match held in 2004 at Radio City Music Hall between Team USA and WNBA All-Stars even though it is not “officially” considered an All-Star Game. The All-Stars versus the U.S. Women’s National Team will be held on July 10, thus making a meaningless game slightly more meaningful.
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