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NYT: Leaving Detroit for Tulsa, the Shock Lost Their Way

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TULSA, Okla. — Once, it seemed an intriguing idea for prefab success, dismantling a three-time W.N.B.A. championship team in Detroit and relocating it brick by brick to this regional hotbed for women’s basketball. The Tulsa Shock planned to be relentless and hounding as they opened play in 2010. The coach and general manager, Nolan Richardson, was a local favorite. He had never coached women or professionals. But he had won the National Invitation Tournament with the University of Tulsa in 1981 and an N.C.A.A. title with Arkansas in 1994. His drag-strip, trapping style, known as 40 minutes of hell, had been attractively and disruptively frenetic. Anticipating her blistering speed in a frenzied system, Richardson signed the disgraced sprinter Marion Jones. She had won an N.C.A.A. basketball title at North Carolina in 1994. This would give Jones a chance to resume her athletic life after she lost her Olympic gold medals, and even her freedom for a time, in the fallout from a doping scandal. Instead, Tulsa’s ambitious experiment failed. Richardson is gone. Jones is gone. Several indispensable stars from Detroit never arrived. One of the league’s greats, Sheryl Swoopes, resumed her W.N.B.A. career with Tulsa this season, but there is only so far that 40-year-old shoulders and knees can carry an overmatched team. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/sports/basketball/trading-detroit-for-tulsa-wnbas-shock-lost-their-way.html?hp

Tulsa's release of Amanda Thompson - a shock to fans?

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Well, say goodbye to the 'local' draw at Tulsa Shock games. Former Sooner Amanda Thompson was released last night, leaving just the memory of Nolan and his polka dots at Tulsa as the last Okie tie on the team at this point. While it might be a shock for the fans to see one of their favorite daughters cut, perhaps the business move will result in more wins rather than more applause as the bench players are introduced.

Tulsa's Release of Amanda Thompson - A Shock to Fans?

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When the news broke about the recent release of former Oklahoma Sooner Amanda Thompson, my first thought was about the shock to the fan base this new roster move would make.

The Tulsa Shock waived 2011 second round draft pick Amanda Thompson and latest acquisition Ashley...

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The Tulsa Shock waived 2011 second round draft pick Amanda Thompson and latest acquisition Ashley Walker on Monday and signed veterans Kiesha Brown and Jennifer Lacy. Brown, an eight-year veteran out of the University of Georgia, appeared in 34 games last year for the Connecticut Sun, averaging 3.8 points-per-game in 11.6 minutes a night. Brown has also played for Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Houston and Washington. Lacy, a four-year veteran out of Pepperdine University, appeared in 32 games for Atlanta in 2009, averaging 3.0 points in 11.3 minutes a game.

-- From a Tulsa Shock press release. Freelantz has more insight on the perspective of Oklahoma sports fans. But what are your thoughts on what this means for the Shock?

April 3rd Sooner Sports Notebook

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The April 3rd edition of the Sooner Sports notebook. This one tackles the coaching fiascos in men's college basketball, the women's final four, and some OU spring football notes.

March 30th Sooner Sports Notebook

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This is the March 30th edition of the Sooner Sports Notebook. It includes short blurbs on the OU women's Elite Eight appearance, Blake Griffin's recent awards, fallout from the Calipari situation,...

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