Junk Drawer: 5/16/2010

All right, um, the WNBA is still on my mind. And, if that isn't considered junk by most of y'all, then I don't know what fits that description.

This time, however, I'm thinking about on-court matters, which'll most likely bore nearly everyone to death. That's okay with me, though. 

I know that Seattle Storm GM/head coach Brian Agler kept Ashley Robinson ‘cause she’s tall, good defensively, and is the ballclub’s lone true center. Robinson, however, is a piss-poor player, with her size not changing that fact. It wouldn’t be so bad if Robinson was a third-string center like last season; yet, with the departure of Janell Burse, she’s now the primary backup to Lauren Jackson, who’s not exactly the most durable player despite her superstardom.

So, while I understand why Robinson made the cut over bust Ashley Walker — who’dn’t’ve received any playing time backing up Camille Little and Swin Cash at the forward spots over free-agent signing Le’coe Willingham, as well as international newcomers Abby Bishop and Jana Vesela — there’s still several women on the waiver wire more deserving of a job than her.

Who, you may ask, is the answer? Well, here’s the lady for whom I’d happily release Robinson: Courtney Paris.

Paris, of course, is most known for dominating the women’s college basketball scene at Oklahoma — as well as for having a twin sister, Ashley, who played right there alongside her those four years as a fellow Sooner — had a respectable rookie campaign for the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs.

Yet, after the Monarchs folded late last year, Paris’ rights were acquired by the Chicago Sky in a dispersal draft. Surprisingly, though, Paris was recently released on cutdown day by the Sky. Even more jarring is that she was dumped for her former backup in college, Abi Olajuwon, who’s indeed the daughter of the legendary Hakeem.

Although Paris does have her flaws — which include slow-footedness on weakside help defense and a lack of lift that prevents her from being a shot blocking threat — her low-post scoring efficiency and rebounding proficiency would add a much-needed dimension for the Storm that’s been missing since Yolanda Griffith was here in 2008. Paris' plodding style of play, by the way, wouldn't be a huge issue on the Storm, which was the slowest paced team in the WNBA last season.

At any rate, the Storm begin its 2010 WNBA season tonight at home in the Key Arena against the Los Angeles Sparks. With the franchise selling itself out this year to Microsoft by donning jerseys sporting the word "Bing," a second championship banner better be raised sooner rather than later to justify the sleazy NASCAR look.

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